Pa. power losses could trigger backup voting plans

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 29, 2012 2:37 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The prospect of lengthy power outages from Hurricane Sandy in Pennsylvania means elections officials may have to put into place backup plans for electronic voting machines.

A Department of State spokesman said Monday that the machines typically carry six-hour backup batteries, so if there's no electricity at polling places voters may encounter longer lines.

Counties also are encouraged to keep paper ballots in stock, and they can move polling places.

State spokesman Ron Ruman says portable generators could get power to the machines, and restoring power to polling places is high on the list of priorities for electric utilities and emergency officials.

Gov. Tom Corbett says it's an issue he's keeping an eye on, but by next Tuesday he hopes most places in the state will have had power restored.

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