As you may know (I really hope you do no matter your political stances), Election Day is this Tuesday! This year will be an election to remember not only because of the various controversial platforms and conflicting messages being received, but also because of the long-lasting effects hurricane Sandy may have on this year's election. Michael Cooper of the New York Times reports that the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is threatening to create Election Day chaos in some storm-racked sections of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut - and some effects may also be felt in other states, including Pennsylvania, where some polling sites still lacked power on Friday morning.
So you may be asking yourself: what is the worst-case scenario? Sandy may affect the popular vote which ultimately means there may not be a true representation of the candidate most desired by voting citizens. As a leading scholar of the presidency, George C. Edwards, a Distinguished Professor of Political Science reminds us that the United States is the only country that elects a politically powerful president via an electoral college and the only one in which a candidate can become president without having obtained the highest number of votes in the sole or final round of popular voting. The Electoral College is the institution that officially elects the President and Vice President. The number of electors is 538, based on the total voting membership of the United States Congress (435 Representatives and 100 Senators).
Currently there isn't anything in place that states what should happen in the event a natural disaster should take place and paralyze the country during a National Election. It is thought that a natural disaster tends to put everything into perspective. It is without question the world is changing not only politically but also climatically. It begs the question: Should we begin to anticipate such natural disasters and should they influence and be reflected in the way we hold political polling?
Simmons Events Surrounding the Election:
2012 Elections Display & Resources:
Wherever you are on the political spectrum, the Library's display on the Presidential Elections of 2012 has something for you. Come into the Library to peruse the display in person, or take a look at Library Displays Guide. You can also check out our Presidential Elections Library Guide.
Political Science Department Election Night Viewing Party:
Tuesday, Nov 06, 2012, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Special Functions Room.
Simmons College Radio: Election Night Coverage:
Tuesday, Nov 06, 2012 8:00 PM 12:00 AM Quadside Café.