By Pat Stacey
With all the losses from hurricane Sandy, you have to hope that one victim is not the election. With a big segment of the east coast in a structural mess, the focus, rightly so has been on getting basic services to those affected. But attention is quickly turning to the election and making sure that everyone that wants to vote, gets to vote. Officials are already pledging to have election services in place but there are surprises and physical and logistical hurdles being discovered every day. So Election Day has become a sort of target date or goal for having functionality in some very critical swing states. Officials have acknowledged that if there are still power outages or even inconsistent power availability, some areas will have to go to manual ballots. It is great to see the spirit of adaptability but along with any modifications to the existing plan, come the risk of some sort of fail when it comes to making the right to vote a reality. I expect there will be those that will aim to take legal advantage and we could have a situation where election officials are counting hanging chads again and that will not be good. Our nation needs the presidential election to be over on Wednesday, it is critical to our county and, no matter the winner, will make for a Better East Texas.