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Americans affected by the recent Hurricane Sandy scrambled on Wednesday to cast their votes across the country’s east coast.

Officials in New York and New Jersey have set up hundreds of temporary polling stations in both states.

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The storm destroyed and flooded hundresd of buildings, and brought down power cables when it struck last week.

New Jersey has even allowed displaced voters to choose their preferred presidential candidate by fax or email.

As the clean-up operation continues, locals have experienced long queues when stocking up on supplies, especially food and gasoline.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) has spent more than 200 million dollars (150 million euros) on emergency housing assistance since the storm.

It has rehoused 34,000 displaced people in temporary accomodation in New York and New Jersey.

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