NJ voters turn out in Sandy ravaged areas
VENTNOR, N.J. - November 6, 2012 (WPVI) -- Election Day turnout is heavy in several storm-ravaged areas of New York and New Jersey.
Many voters say they're relieved at being able to vote at all, given the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.
A steady stream of voters came to vote at the Uptown Complex in Atlantic City.
They have stories to tell of storm damage to their own homes, but it wasn't enough to keep them away from the polls.
"The water was very, very high and we lost a lot of stuff and everything, but still [I came] here to vote," Atlantic City resident Gilbert Brown said.
In Ventnor, at the community center on Atlantic Avenue, the scene was a bit more chaotic.
Storm damage made voting impossible at some polling locations so voters were forced to come to the community building to vote instead.
"Well, usually I would have voted in Ventnor Heights at the VFW right across the street from my house, but due to the hurricane we're here now," Ryan Kor said.
Some voters like Mary Lea Neri were not happy at all about going to a different location to vote, no matter what the reasons.
"If it weren't for the presidency, I wouldn't even be here. Then they tell me there was a storm. Do I know? My house was almost under four feet of water. It's destroyed," Mary Lea Neri said.
But others were much more willing to go with the flow and go wherever necessary to make their vote count.
"It's an important election, very important. You got to exercise your right to vote," Ralph Santoro of Ventnor Heights said.
"I still made it. I'm an American," Kor said.
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