November 4, 2012 by valuesvotersnyc
So much for the Republican Party’s year-long concerns for voter fraud now that NJ Governor Christie has unilaterally authorized voting by email or fax by voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy.
The same cannot be authorized in NYS because US Justice Department “pre-clearance” is required for any voting change. Three NYC boroughs in NYC are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
NJ.com reported today:
In an unprecedented twist to Election Day in New Jersey, registered voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy will be able to cast ballots by fax or e-mail through Tuesday, and those living temporarily outside their home county will be able to vote there rather than return home.
The state Department of State announced the plan today and also ordered county clerks to accept mail-in ballots through Nov. 19 for any postmarked on or before Nov. 5, a move intended to address concerns that some ballots may be stuck in postal centers shuttered by the storm.
Residents who want to vote electronically can submit a mail-in ballot application either by e-mail or fax to their county clerk. Once the application is approved, the clerk will electronically send a ballot back to the voter also by e-mail or fax.
Voters must return the ballot electronically by 8 p.m. Nov. 6. Mail-in ballot applications, phone numbers and fax numbers for county clerks can be found here.. Applications for mail-in ballots can be found here. Visitors to the website should ignore messages saying applications cannot be faxed or e-mailed.