Update: ACLU Statement from ACLU-NJ Acting Executive Director Ed Barocas on the Essex County Superior Court decision not to allow federal absentee ballots for New Jersey voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy:
“We are disappointed that the judge denied our petition. Although we understand these are unusual circumstances that the Lieutenant Governor and the Division of Elections are dealing with, our concern was with how it was being implemented at the county level. Because of the large volume of complaints from voters who were not getting a response to their email or fax requests for ballots, we would have liked to have another method that provided more assurance that the votes of displaced New Jersey residents would be counted.
The remedy that we offered was one that is familiar to New Jersey elections officials and that can be used by overseas residents and members of our military who are serving overseas.”
There are several reports this morning of voters having problems at the polls today. Reports include: a man in Bloomfield who asked to produce an ID, an Essex County voter who wasn’t listed in the registration book, and a voter in Verona who didn’t think her vote went through.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey plans to file an emergency petition asking a state Superior Court judge to intervene because of problems with e-mail voting in counties across the state. Residents were also reporting problems via social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
“You’ve got people who are trying to utilize this e-mail or fax voting capabilities the state has said they are entitled to,” said Alexander Shalom, policy counsel for the ACLU. “The counties are so overwhelmed with these requests, they are not able to reply. People have e-mailed in requests to get ballots and they are not hearing back.”
“We don’t want potentially thousands of people to lose their right here,” Shalom said.
Please let us know about any problems in the comments below, and report them to njvote, the Board of Elections at 973-621-5071, or the Superintendent of Elections at 973-621-5061. NJ News Commons has also set up a NJ Voter Problem Hotline — 732-903-VOTE .