AAFE’s Chris Kui and Douglas Le hold pre-Election Day news conference.

Across the city, New Yorkers are recovering from Hurricane Sandy, and many communities are still without power, water or shelter. With Election Day upon us, Asian Americans for Equality wants to ensure residents can still exercise their right to vote.

Due to the damaging effects of the hurricane the NYC Board of Elections has announced changes to 66 poll sites across the city: 4 in Manhattan; 3 in the Bronx; 27 in Brooklyn; 30 in Queens; and 2 in Staten Island. These significant changes to poll sites primarily affect coastal communities such as the Rockaways and Coney Island.

On Election Day Asian Americans for Equality will be reaching out to voters to remind them to vote, and to provide information they need in order to cast their ballot. On Election Day November 6, 2012, voters can call Asian Americans for Equality at 212-979-8988 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM if they need help with locating their poll site, finding out who is on the ballot or other questions. This work is part if AAFE’s efforts to connect New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy with resources, information and relief.

Important Update: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Monday that will allow registered New York voters in counties affected by Sandy to vote by affidavit Tuesday at any polling place in the state. (See NY1 coverage.)  Also, Governor Cuomo has announced that MTA buses to be used to shuttle voters from damaged polling places to alternate sites.  (Click here for bus information.)

Poll sites will be open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM across New York City. Voters can also visit the NYC Board of Elections website at http://gis.nyc.gov/vote/ps/index.htm to look up their polling site and find other voting information. This website provides information in English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean and Bengali.

Christopher Kui, Executive Director of Asian Americans for Equality shared, “Asian Americans for Equality is providing relief to residents and businesses in Lower Manhattan and city-wide who have been left without electricity, food, water and mass transit in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. As part of this relief we are providing up-to-date information to voters about the changes to poll sites for Election Day, and canvassing neighborhoods to ensure that voters affected by the storm are not disenfranchised.