State taking steps to ensure power for election day

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 31, 2012 7:47 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett is taking steps to ensure that power outages caused by this week's storm don't interfere with next week's voting for president and other major offices.

The Governor says he directed Secretary of State Carol Aichele to contact county election boards and assess the situation this week.

Corbett says he hopes to have a full report by today or tomorrow so power companies can make sure all of the state's polling places have electricity to run their electronic voting machines.

An elections clerk in Lehigh County says the battery life on their machines only lasts about two and a half hours.

He says if power isn't back for the 151 polling places by Election Day, it'll be a problem.

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