I don’t think my phone has been silent for ten minutes all weekend. Between the robocallers trying to get my Florida vote, my friends in New York and New Jersey reporting in from Sandy recovery, and friends everywhere wondering about what happens if Northeasterners can’t vote, I feel like my phone has been surgically mounted to my ear. If you think both houses of Congress could come together and agree to change anything as significant as the date of the presidential election, I have a slightly storm-damaged bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. This is a good sign. While there are still so many heartbreaking stories from the tri-state area, a lot of folks are beginning to find things returning to normal. Sadly, there are still way too many people without power, way too many people with storm damage, and way too many people permanently displaced from their homes and businesses. To quote my good friend and fellow ZDNet columnist Jason Perlow, who also used to live in New York and New Jersey, and now lives in the ironic safety of Florida , “An event like this will certainly put your priorities back into perspective.” And yet. And yet, there is a major election tomorrow. While politics must rightly take a far back seat to disaster management, it’s the decision of major elections that determine the future of our nation. That makes the election important, too. Let me be clear here. Nothing is as urgent as making sure that everyone… [Read full story]
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