President Barack Obama is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie upon his arrival at Atlantic City International Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Atlantic City, NJ. Obama traveled to the region to take an aerial tour of the Atlantic Coast in New Jersey in areas damaged by superstorm Sandy, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has alleviated one more burden for his state as it struggles to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Residents displaced by the storm can now vote via email or fax.
Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Department of State has issued a directive today to county elections officials to permit New Jersey registered voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy to vote electronically. This directive also is intended to assist displaced first responders, whose tireless recovery efforts away from home has made voting a challenge.
“This has been an extraordinary storm that has created unthinkable destruction across our state and we know many people have questions about how and where to cast their vote in Tuesday’s election. To help alleviate pressure on polling places, we encourage voters to either use electronic voting or the extended hours at county offices to cast their vote,” said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. “Despite the widespread damage Hurricane Sandy has caused, New Jersey is committed to working through the enormous obstacles before us to hold an open and transparent election befitting our state and the resiliency of its citizens.”
To vote electronically, displaced 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 to the voter’s preference. Voters must return their electronic ballot – by fax or email – no later than November 6, 2012, at 8 p.m.
Separate directives issued today enable displaced voters and first responders to vote by provisional ballot at a polling place in a county other than the voter’s county of registration. The deadline for county clerks to receive mail-in ballots has been extended to November 19, 2012, for any ballot postmarked on or before November 5, 2012. Mail-in ballots post marked later than November 5 will not be accepted.
As previously reported by NewsOne, Christie has shown strong, consistent leadership in the midst of the superstorm and during the recover. He also continues to withstand increasingly vocal criticism from his Republican party for his bi-partisan friendship with President Barack Obama.
As a Romney surrogate during this campaign and the keynote speaker of the Republican National Convention, he is apparently expected to maintain a chilly relationship with the president — or at least remind voters and the GOP party of his loyalty to Romney. When asked in an appearance on “Fox and Friends” about potentially creating photo opportunities with the former Massachusetts governor touring the storm wreckage, Christie was visibly aggravated by the suggestion:
“I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested,” Christie said. “I have got a job to do here in New Jersey. I have a job to do. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.”
Well said, Governor.
For more information on early voting, New Jersey residents are urged to call 1-877-NJVOTER.