Displaced? You can still vote!

Published on Monday, November 05, 2012

 Hurricane Sandy

Photo courtesy of Blue Hydrangea Beach Cottage-Belmar, NJ

New Jerseyans from Cape May to Bergen are still reeling from the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Many have been displaced, living with friends, relatives, or in shelters far from their damaged or destroyed homes.

But just because they’ve been displaced doesn’t mean they can’t vote in the Nov. 6 election.

This information should prove helpful to all displaced individuals and first responders who may not be able to get to a polling place where their primary residence is located.

New Jersey election officials have been working to ensure that everyone displaced by Hurricane Sandy can vote in this election. The level of destruction wrought by this hurricane exceeded the scope of what any of us could have imagined, but we are determined to rebuild and move forward. We want displaced voters and first responders to know that just because Sandy has disrupted their lives, they can still cast their votes.  The following methods are available to displaced voters and first responders to cast their ballots this Election Day:

Vote by Provisional Ballot – (Recommended option for displaced voters and first responders)

If you are unable to go to your new polling site, you may vote at any polling location in the state 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.

Vote by E-mail or Fax

To vote by e-mail or fax, begin by printing a mail-in ballot application which you can download through the “vote by mail” by clicking here. After completing your application, fax or email the application to your county clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. November 6. After the application is approved, the county clerk will send a ballot to the voter 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 6.

In addition, ALL voters should be aware of the following:

Vote 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 3:00 p.m. today, Monday, November 5th.

Find your New Polling Site

Many polling locations were changed due to power outages and unprecedented conditions. To locate your new polling site you can text “where” to 877-877 and follow the prompts or contact your county election officials. Contact information can be found here: http://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-local-officials.html

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE BEEN DISPLACED.

If you have any questions, call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837)

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