The devastation caused by Sandy is still beyond measurement both in human and property costs. Current estimates are that at least 50 people have died in the U.S. and Billions of dollars in damages loom.
However, there are no doubt many who have perished and have yet to be discovered and there is property damage that may not be revealed until the long term affects of salt water damaged equipment is tested. The enormity of this weather disaster is still beyond grasp especially given that this occurred in the most densely populated area of the country.
Despite such an overwhelming amount of safety, structural, rescue and clean up priorities at the forefront there is the looming "elephant in the room." We are just 6 days away from a Presidential Election. And for both candidates the concerns are breathtaking.
There is the real possibility that there may not be power or conveniently available facilities to accommodate voting. There is the real possibility that one who has suffered severe damage or lost everything will not even consider voting a priority.
How these unprecedented circumstances will affect our National Election is unclear. Some politicos have suggested that President Obama will emerge as a beacon of hope as government resources and aid are dispensed. Others suggest that no amount of government aid can quell the overwhelming and inevitable pain and frustration during a time of disaster.
There is never enough to help everyone with all their immediate needs. Frustration and despair often are directed at a sitting administration which could benefit the Romney camp. Although the Romney camp is scrambling to downplay Romney's confusing suggestion that FEMA disaster aid funding should be cut and such aid should be the responsibility of states.
From a legislative standpoint there really is no definitive procedure for an event such as this. Elections, even one as important as a Presidential Election are the domain of the States. There is no backup plan for automatically rescheduling or postponing a National Election. Each state will decide independently how to address the millions of voters who are at risk of having their vote disenfranchised.
We may very likely review this upcoming election months from now and conclude that clearly it was Hurricane Sandy that cast the final and decisive vote for President of the United States.