Hurricane Sandy: Election Info, Essex County & Email/Fax Voting For Jersey (Update November 5 at 3 pm)

Updatedand corrected info: Monday, November 5 at 3:45 pm

The State of New Jersey has issued directives regarding electronic and provisional voting in the state:

Voting by email or fax: for voters who may have been forced by flooding, power outages or other storm damage to temporarily leave their communities. The directive will also help emergency workers who are busy with disaster-relief efforts away from home. Under the New Jersey directive, displaced storm victims qualify as “overseas voters,” which means they are eligible to vote remotely.

To vote electronically, residents first must submit a ballot application by e-mail ( elections@essexclerk.com ) or fax to the County Clerk ( 973-621-6343). The County Clerk will accept electronic applications through 5:00 p.m. (ET) Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Once the application is approved, the clerk will e-mail or fax a ballot to the voter, who must send it back no later than Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Tuesday, November 6, 2012. See the State of New Jersey’s Directive Regarding Email Voting and Mail-in Ballots for Displaced Voters

Voting by provisional ballot: Any voter who has been displaced from their primary residences because of the storm, may vote by PROVISIONAL BALLOT at any polling place in the State. See Directive Expanding Ability of Displaced Voters to Vote

Voting at the Essex County Clerk’s Office: Voters may also go in person to the Essex County Clerk’s Office to collect a vote-by-mail ballot and submit it without going to the polls.

The Clerk’s Office is located in Room 247 of the Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Newark and is open today, Monday, November 5 until 4:30 p.m. (latest allowed by NJ law).

 

 

Update Monday, November 5 at 1 pm

Montclair Township Clerk Linda Wanat provides below the two Montclair polling places still affected by outages and their new voting locations:

Usual voting place: Bradford School – Vote at Mt. Hebron School, 173 Bellevue Avenue. (Ward 1, Districts 5, 9)

Usual voting place: Watchung School  – Vote at George Inness Atrium, Park Street (Ward 2, Districts 3, 6, 8)PLEASE NOTE: Residents who normally cast their votes at Watchung School – your voting place will be at the George Inness Atrium — please use the North Fullerton Avenue Entrance.

Power has been restored to Northeast School (Ward 1; Districts 4, 7, 8) and to Edgemont School (Ward 2; Districts 1, 9). Voting will take place at these locations.

 

 

Montclair Polling Centers Current Status at 11/5 10 am

Montclair Township Clerk Linda Wanat provides below an updated list of Montclair polling places still affected by outages. The County Board of Elections will make a final determination on polling places for the below affected locations later today:

Usual voting place: Bradford School
Ward 1, Districts 5, 9

Usual voting place: Watchung School
Ward 2, Districts 3, 6, 8

Power has been restored to Northeast School (Ward 1; Districts 4, 7, 8) and to Edgemont School (Ward 2; Districts 1, 9). Voting will take place at these locations.


Montclair Storm-Affected Polling Places — Current Status

Montclair Township Clerk Linda Wanat provides below a list of Montclair polling places still affected by outages or downed power lines in the vicinity of the polling location. An announcement will be made tomorrow about the status of the polling locations and to which polling locations they will be moved, if necessary.

Usual Polling Place: Northeast School
Ward 1 – Districts affected: 4, 7, 8

Usual Polling Place: Bradford School
Ward 1 – Districts affected: 5, 9

Usual Polling Place: Edgemont School
Ward 2 – Districts affected: 1, 9

Usual Polling Place: Watchung School
Ward 2 – Districts affected: 3, 6, 9

Update: Town manager Marc Dashield on Montclair elections: “Assume that you will go to your current polling place unless something else is announced by town clerk. If different polling places are required — it will be released on town website or by calling town clerk’s office.” (Baristanet will also post when released by town; Nishuane School, one of the locations without power, came back on yesterday).

Essex county and Gov. Christie have announcements about voting on Election Day. We’ll update with more specific Montclair voting information as it gets confirmed:

Due to the conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Essex County Clerk’s Office will operate extended hours, so that voters may collect a vote-by-mail ballot and submit it without going to the polls.

The Clerk’s Office is located in Room 247 of the Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Newark. If you plan to visit the polls on Election Day, be sure to check this site to make sure that your usual polling place is operational. Some polling places may need to be moved due to damage or loss of power.

See Essex County Clerk website for extended hours of operation.

The NJ News Commons has set up an NJ Voter Problem Hotline — 732-903-VOTE — which will be monitored continuously by students at Montclair State University during polling hours on Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters with problems can also record their issues directly on a Crowdmap — NJVote.crowdmap.com — student operators will also map voting problems recorded on the hotline.

Gov. Christie announced a directive that will permit NJ residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy to vote electronically:

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.

Voters can download a mail-in ballot application for their county by visiting https://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html. A list of county clerk websites, phone numbers and fax numbers are available by visiting https://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-local-officials.html.

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.

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. 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.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. It would be great to know if our regular polling places are open in GR, Montclair and Bloomfield and if not, where we should go instead.

  2. I received a text message from the Township of Montclair yesterday regarding the vote-by-mail at the county clerks office in Newark. My daughter & I hopped on 280 and we were there in 10 minutes. The area was a ghost town so there was lots of on street parking. It took us about 20 minutes to go through the process and cast our ballots. If you are not sure where you may be voting on Tuesday, take a few minutes today and run down to the county clerks office. It’s easier than you think. Take the MLK exit off of 280 and the Hall of Records building is a couple of miles down on the right. Park on the street. Go in the back door. VOTE!!

  3. It might be helpful to tell folks that now have to vote at George Inness Atrium where exactly it is on Park Avenue – appears to be a part of the high school building.

  4. I am displaced out of state by Sandy…so I’ve emailed requests for the “overseas ballot” for my wife and me. So far no response, and no one at the Board of Elections office is picking up the phone. Very frustrated not knowing if I’m going to be able to vote…

  5. I went to vote at Montclair High School at 6:15 this morning and there were no voting machines. Just a long line and a women telling everyone she has one pencil and you can fill out a provisional ballot. Any update on when they will have the voting machines?

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