I always wondered about the validity of elections in the middle of a disaster. For example, an earthquake or blizzard or military invasion. It seems the United States has avoided this situation in its long history.
It’s good to hear that there has been some provision for mail-in ballots. Hopefully, the election officials can build on that and work together to put a credible system in place.
In Canada, we haven’t done mail in ballots. But the electoral lists are usually quite to date, so it would not be hard to switch to a mail-in ballot.
I’m trying envision how a similar disaster would affect TDG elections. These are annual elections, so the chances of a disaster affecting them are higher. I think the TDG can weather these kinds of storms a lot better.
For the citizen level elections, the citizens won’t mind the local elections are suspended. Most neighborhood representatives will be trusted and respected, so it’s not that important that they be held accountable immediately. Even though a few of representatives should be replaced, the system won’t fall apart.
The election of the higher tiers will have less people involved. It will be easier to conduct these elections.