Voting Options For Those Affected By Hurricane Sandy

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STATE – With hundreds of polling sites throughout the state relocated because of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, and many residents still displaced from their homes, tomorrow will not be a typical Election Day.

Finding Your Polling Place Or The Closest Polling Place If You Are Displaced

As the storm has forced the relocation of hundreds of polling sites, anyone you know who plans to vote on Tuesday, Election Day, can find their polling place by texting the word, “Where,” to 877877.

If you cannot get to your polling place on Election Day because you have been displaced by the hurricane, the State of New Jersey will allow you to vote by using a provisional ballot at any polling site in the State.

Vote Early At Your County Elections Office

All registered voters have the option of obtaining and casting their ballot in-person at their county elections office until 3 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. County elections offices will be open on Monday, Nov. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Voters who have a mail-in ballot and choose to deliver their ballot to the county elections office in person must present their completed ballot to their county elections office no later than the close of polls on Tuesday.

Vote By E-Mail Or Fax

The New Jersey Department of State has issued a directive to county elections officials to permit registered voters who don’t vote at a polling place to vote electronically. This directive also is intended to assist displaced first responders, whose efforts away from home have made voting a challenge.

To vote electronically, voters may submit a mail-in ballot application either by e-mail or fax to their county clerk. Once an application is approved, the clerk will electronically send a ballot to the voter by either fax or e-mail in accordance with the voter’s preference. Voters must return their electronic ballot – by fax or email – no later than Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.

Voters can download a mail-in ballot application at the following link: http://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html

A list of county clerk websites, phone numbers and fax numbers are available at the following link: http://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-local-officials.html

The deadline for county clerks to receive mail-in ballots has been extended to Nov. 19, for any ballot postmarked on or before Nov. 5. Mail-in ballots postmarked later than Nov. 5 will not be accepted.

County elections officials have also been directed to print a sufficient number of provisional and emergency ballots to accommodate voters.

For more information, call 1-877-NJVOTER.


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