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Impact of affidavit voting unclear

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ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York State Board of Elections has been busy fielding constant calls Tuesday.

Many of the calls have been concerning voters who have been displaced by Sandy. This Election Day has come with a unique challenge due to those displaced voters and those responding to the disaster down state from out of town.

"A few poll sites have opened late. I think we've moved past those issues largely," said John Conklin with the NYS Board of Elections. 

In an effort to help all the displaced voters Governor Cuomo issued an order Monday allowing those in the impacted counties to vote by affidavit at polling sites outside of their districts.

"Some places are running out of the affidavit ballots so the local boards are having to replenish the stock for individual poll sites, said Conklin.

Some helping at a polling site at UAlbany say the order has caused some confusion.

"A lot of students here at UAlbany are from NYC and other areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Its added a lot of complexity to the problem here where that they're going to get the affidavit ballots and it doesnt allow them to vote for down ballot races and it really just slows down the process of getting them to put their ballot in the machine and cast their vote," said Sean Collins with Citizen Action of NY.

It is unclear how affidavits could impact elections.

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