TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – New Jersey officials want to make sure that all of the state’s residents are able to vote on Election Day. Four methods of doing so are being recommended in the wake of Hurricane Sandy:
COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE: Registered voters can obtain and cast a ballot in person at their county elections office until 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5th.
NEW POLLING SITE: Since some polling places were changed due to power outages and post-storm conditions, residents are encouraged to text “where” to 877-877 and follow the prompts or contact county election officials. Contact info can be found here.
PROVISIONAL BALLOT: This option is recommended for displaced voters and first responders. If you can’t make it to your polling site, you can vote at any of the state’s polling locations via provisional ballot. Voting by provisional ballot in another county means you can only vote on national and statewide candidates and statewide ballot questions. You can text “where” to 877-877 with your current location to find your closest polling place.
EMAIL OR FAX: In an historic move, NJ residents can also vote by email or fax. First, print a mail-in ballot application, which is downloadable through the “vote by mail” button at www.njaflcio.org. When you’ve completed the application, fax or email it to your county clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 6th. After the application is approved, the county clerk will send a ballot to you by fax or email. Voters must return their ballots to the county clerk by fax or e-mail by 8:00 p.m. on November 6th.
NJ residents with questions about voting, should call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837).
For more information, visit our Voter Resource Guide.