How to Donate and Send Supplies To Efforts for Communities Affected by the Hurricane

If you aren’t able to personally provide shelter and supplies to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, it doesn’t mean you can’t help at all. There are many organizations along the East Coast that are providing shelter, food and other supplies to victims of superstorm Sandy.

One way to help is by donating to the Red Cross. All donations will provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the storm. To donate, visit www.redcross.org, call 800-Red-Cross or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most. The Red Cross asks that those who can donate to schedule an appointment to give blood. The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org. The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate.

Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone that it is working to distribute to the storm’s victims. To donate, visit www.feedingamerica.org or call 800-910-5524. AmeriCares is providing medicine and other supplies to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. To donate, visit www.americares.org

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Florida Still Deals with Obstacles, Citizens Received Robocalls Election Day Saying Voting Was on November 7th

…hundreds — possibly thousands — of automatic calls to voters instructing them that they had until 7 p.m. Wednesday to vote.

But that is wrong. Polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Any ballots turned in after that time won’t be accepted…

It wasn’t easy alerting elections officials of the erroneous messages, said another voter who got the call.

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Actual call audio here

President Barack Obama Wins Re-election to the Presidency!

Barack Obama, the post-partisan candidate of hope four years ago who became the first black U.S. president, won re-election by overcoming four years of economic discontent with a mix of political populism and electoral math.

“Tonight, in this election, you, the American people reminded us that, while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back,” Obama said in his victory speech in Chicago. “We know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.”

Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney, winning at least 303 electoral votes in yesterday’s election with 270 needed for the victory….Romney had 206 electoral votes.

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Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 6th! Take Time to Vote!! Locating Your Local Voting Place

Raise your vote! To see where your voting location is, here are a couple great sites to check with :

SmartVoter Lookup
http://www.smartvoter.org

Google Election Lookup
http://www.google.com/elections/ed/us/vote

RaiseYourVote Lookup
http://pollingplaces.raiseyourvote.com

Vote411 Lookup
http://www.vote411.org/enter-your-address

Seventy Lookup
http://guide.seventy.org

New York residents displaced by the hurricane can vote at any voting location in New York.

If you live in New Jersey, here’s what you need to know about voting on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

The closing time for New Jersey polls is 8 p.m.; Opening time for New Jersey polls is 6 a.m.

Not sure where to vote? The New Jersey Department of State website has a Polling Place Search page that will help you locate your polling place.

Can’t get to your polling place at all? Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey residents will have another option: voting online via e-mail or fax.

To vote by email, call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837) for info.

Steps for New Jersey Email Voting
http://nj.gov/state/elections/election-directives.html

Update on Ohio Voting Today! Judge in Process of Deciding on Attempted Voter Suppression in Ohio Over Republican Jon Husted Adding Uncertified Software to Voting Machines

…a federal lawsuit over software that was allegedly installed on central vote tabulation machines in 39 Ohio counties without being tested or certified for use, as required by state law.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, sought the court’s immediate intervention in getting Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to remove the allegedly infringing software from the tabulation machines before Tuesday’s general elections…

The lawsuit comes days after FreePress.org published a report claiming that Husted had done an “end run” around Ohio law by installing the software on the vote tabulators in the weeks leading up to to the election. According to the report, the software was installed on machines that will be used to count ballots cast by more than 4 million registered voters, including those in major metropolitan areas such as Cleveland and Columbus…

Untested software updates on voting machines are illegal under Ohio law, but “last minute software patches may be deemed ‘experimental’ because that designation does not require certification and testing,” Fitrakis wrote. ”

“Software residing on the central tabulation systems is, in fact, far more dangerous than software on the voting systems, since it can have direct access to the entire set of county election results,” he wrote.

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Judge to Decide on Attempted Voter Suppression in Ohio Over Republican Jon Husted Adding Unauthorized Software to Election Machines

The lawsuit against Ohio’s elections chief and Omaha, Neb.-based Election Systems and Software asks the judge to order Ohio not to use ES&S hardware or software Tuesday and to break state contracts with ES&S for equipment to be used this year.

Not using the software would require election boards “to develop, communicate, and implement a new policy and procedures for collecting and reporting the votes in the middle of an election,” state attorneys said.

The software was installed on ES&S machines at election boards in 25 of Ohio’s most populous counties. The software is not on voting machines themselves, but on equipment that tabulates vote totals.

An election board official would use a flash drive to move results from one machine to a second that transmits the data to the Secretary of State’s office, according to testimony at a hearing Tuesday before federal judge Gregory Frost.

Ohio had no reason to place the software on county election board equipment, but should have placed it on state equipment only,…

A “back door” in ES&S software and hardware creates “an imminent risk” that people not supervised by election boards could “alter the recording and tabulation of votes cast by Ohio voters in the General Election,” according to the lawsuit, filed Monday on behalf of Bob Fitrakis, a longtime Ohio elections activist.

Cliff Arnebeck, a Columbus lawyer who filed the lawsuit, proposed a compromise whereby election officials would hand count some results to make sure they hadn’t been altered.

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