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CHANGES TO VOTER REGULATIONS DUE TO STORM
NJ Directives Enable Electronic Voting
The New Jersey Department of State has issued a directive 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.
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.
Voters can download a mail-in ballot application for their county here. A list of county clerk websites, phone numbers and fax numbers are available here.
Separate directives 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.
County elections officials have also been directed to print a sufficient number of provisional and emergency ballots to accommodate voters.
Voters are encouraged to take advantage of extended office hours at county elections offices to cast their vote early and in-person. Registered voters can obtain and cast their ballot in-person at their county elections office up until 3 pm Tuesday, November 6. County election offices are to remain open, at a minimum, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm throughout the weekend, until November 5. Voters that 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.
Information is also available by calling 1-877-NJVOTER.
Find out Where to Vote
Use your cell phone to find out where you should go to vote. If you text WHERE to 877877, you will receive a return message asking you for your address. Once you respond, you will receive a message that informs you of your updated (if necessary) polling place. The system is being tweaked and updated, so please be patient and keep on checking to make sure you know if your polling place changes.
Find the information posted to the Internet.
Find your updated polling place for the 2012 Presidential General Election.
Ocean County Relocated Polling Places
Somerset County Polling Places
Polling sites in Somerset County will be open on Election Day, Nov. 6, throughout the county. Due to Hurricane Sandy, some sites have been relocated.
For a complete listing of polling sites by voting district, residents can go to the Board of Elections’ website and click on "Polling Locations" on the left side of the page.
The Townships of Bedminster, Bernards, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Franklin, Green Brook, Hillsborough and Warren and the Boroughs of Bernardsville, Bound Brook, Far Hills, Raritan and Watchung will have changed polling locations.
Residents who do not have Internet access should contact their municipal clerk to confirm their polling location.
Get more election news from the NJ Department of State.
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