In New York, Hurricane Sandy still in focus

November 6, 2012

While people across the country obsess over polling locations and election returns, voters in New York City have other issues on their minds -- like federal aid, open gas stations, and other cares left in the wake of last week's disastrous Hurricane Sandy. 

Search data from Yahoo on Tuesday indicates that, while terms like "polling locations" and "election day special sales" are trending in other major cities, New Yorkers are searching terms like "mta updates subway" and "federal disaster assistance" with far more frequency. Google search data also bears that out: the search data from Monday shows people Googled "Sandy" almost twice as frequently as "vote NY," and "where to vote."

Despite the search focus, Hurricane Sandy is not expected to have any significant impact on the election, with several news outlets reporting higher-than-expected voter turnout in storm-damaged areas today.

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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