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November 5, 2012

ELECTION UPDATE: New Voting Options Available to First Responders & New Jerseyans Displaced By Hurricane Sandy

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is working diligently with election officials to ensure that first responders and our fellow New Jerseyans displaced by Hurricane Sandy can vote in this election. The destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy exceeded what any of us could have imagined, but we are determined to rebuild, restore, and move forward. With Election Day tomorrow, one of our first challenges is to make sure our democratic process proceeds unimpeded. We will continue to provide updates on available voting options and currently recommend the following voting methods to displaced New Jerseyans and first responders to protect your right to vote this Election Day:
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
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 HERE. After completing your application, fax or email the application to your county clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. November 6th. 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 6th.
If you have any questions, call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837)

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