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Red Cross Volunteers Still Take Time to Vote

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The race for the White House is just one day away and both candidates are rallying hard in their final moments in Ohio for the voters left undecided still.

In states affected by Hurricane Sandy, officials are struggling to make sure residents get a chance to vote. New York has assigned 143,000 people to new polling places. New Jersey is allowing voters to email and fax ballots. The National Guard is even setting up mobile voting booths in disaster areas.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, thousands of volunteers put their lives on hold to begin to put the pieces back together for so many more. 

"There's always a time volunteers may be deployed during an election, whether its big or small," said Chelsa White with the Red Cross .

I this election, which seemingly has become a very close presidential race in the polls, every vote counts. It's why places like the Red Cross say it's important to practice what they preach.

Hurricane season sits in the shadow of election season, so there's always a chance they'll be called out to help.

"We teach disaster preparedness and preparedness in general," said White.

They can't guarntee every volunteer will vote or have the chance to, but they say they provide all the resources to make it possible.

"Went out reminder e-mails and made sure all of them knew where to go what to do, how to obtain an absentee ballot," said White.

For the those who may have got the call last minute and not have voted abstentee they may be out of luck. The last day ballots could be mailed out was on Saturday at 2p.m.

"A lot of volunteers do take that extra step to make sure they are prepared to vote as well as be on their way to a disaster," said White.

Because offering a helping hand in tragedy and having a voice in our future are both two important roles.

Consumers Energy also took extra steps to work with employees who volunteered to "head east" to help with power restoration following Hurricane Sandy. About 60 employees are east, now. Before they left, they sent emails to affected employees, and worked with local township election clerks to secure absentee voter applications for workers.

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