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One displaced voter heads to the polls in New Jersey town devastated by Sandy

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Nikolas Policastro leaves a mobile polling station after voting in Little Egg Harbor, N.J.

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A sample Ocean County ballot

 Nikolas Policastro, 20, didn't think his first time voting would be on a bus. "If I could have picked a scenario this would have been the last," he said after exiting a 38-foot mobile polling station set up by the Ocean County Board of Elections to help out after Superstorm Sandy thwarted their plans for election day. On voting Policastro said, "I feel it's important to have a voice. Everyone can complain that the president and Congress aren't doing a good job, but if you don't vote then you don't have a say."

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Nikolas Policastro, right, casts his ballot on a mobile polling station in Little Egg Harbor.

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Policastro and his family--four brothers and his parents--sought refuge at the Red Cross shelter at the Pinelands Regional Junior High School after their home in Mystic Islands was swamped with over five feet of water from the storm. The shelter was one of the few places that the family could house their extended family of five cats, five dogs and five three-week-old puppies.

Policastro gives a kiss to one of his five puppies that are staying with him and his family at a Red Cross shelter. Paige Shaw of the Red Cross pets the puppies' mother, "Bella."

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