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Nov 6, 201204:19 PM

Cheat Sheet: November 6, 2012

Submarine Boise comes home on Thursday

On Thursday the 360-foot, Los Angeles-class attack submarine Boise will be returning to Norfolk Naval Station after a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. The ship steamed more than 37,000 nautical miles and conducted port visits to Norway, Scotland and Portugal. The submarine has a crew of 15 officers and 128 enlisted sailors. The commanding officer, Brian Sittlow, was selected during the deployment as the U.S. Fleet Forces Command winner of the 2012 Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership award. (Source)

Some wait 4 hours to vote in Chesapeake

Today several citizens were forced to wait more than four hours to vote at the Clarence V. Cuffee Community Center in South Norfolk. More than 700 people filled the center’s auditorium, where a line went all the way down the halls and into the parking lot. Officials confirmed that the center had been on a three-hour wait more of the day. Although they had 11 booths open, backups with the ID checkers seemed to leave more than half of the machines open at any given time. In the 2008 presidential election the same polling place made national news when the electronic poll books failed and hopeful voters had to wait six to seven hours to vote. Around noon today, Chesapeake General William “Al” Spradlin sent another computer to help speed up the check-in process. “Long lines come with big elections,” he said. (Source)

Voters in NY and NJ still able to vote

Despite the damage from superstorm Sandy, voters in New York and New Jersey are braving the effects to cast their ballot. Faced with confusion and long lines at a variety of established and makeshift polling places, displaced residents are still determined to vote. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the governors of NY and NJ, many voters were able to exercise a right that they may have previously taken for granted. Gov. of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order allowing displaced residents to vote by provisional ballot at any polling place in the state for president and statewide office holders. NJ Gov. Chris Christie ordered election authorities to allow displaced citizens to vote by e-mail and fax, although these voters would still be required to submit a paper ballot as well. (Source)

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