Large areas of New Jersey are still without power a week after Sandy. It has helped complicate voting for many residents hoping to cast a ballot on Tuesday’s election. N.J. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has been spearheading efforts to make sure victims of Sandy can vote.
Less than 100 out of the state’s 3,400 polling sites remain without power or are badly damaged, and still need a back up plan, according to Guadagno. She’s hopeful by Tuesday morning the number will be zero.
“There will not be a need for military trucks, there will not be a need for tents,” she told WNYC’s Amy Eddings. “Now our challenge, of course, is to tell those people where those polling places are.”
She said people can text 877-877-WHERE to find out their nearest polling place or they could check the state’s website. Dislocated voters can walk into any polling place in the state tomorrow, at least for statewide and national offices. But for local races, voters will have to vote in their district.
Guadagno says people who can’t get to a local polling site, may vote via email or fax.
“We have a system in New Jersey that allows our military, our soldiers to vote from overseas by email. We’ve extended that system to any displaced voters and any first responder,” she explained.
People must register to vote by email, and once the voter is validated they will be sent a ballot that must be faxed or emailed back.