New Jersey residents affected by Superstorm Sandy will be allowed to vote on Tuesday via email or fax, by order of Governor Chris Christie.
Officials made the announcement on Saturday that registered voters will be allowed to vote electronically by submitting a mail-in ballot application by email or fax to the local county clerk, reports ABC News.
Once the request is received, a ballot will either be emailed or faxed back. The voter will have until 8 pm on Tuesday to return it.
Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno has said that the email and fax voting will help alleviate expected pressure on polling places Tuesday.
New Jersey will be using military trucks as polling places where the original polling center was damaged by the storm.
Emergency workers will also be allowed to use the electronic system, which is already open to New Jersey voters overseas and in the military.
NBC News notes that election officials will also be accepting paper ballots until November 19, as long as they are postmarked by November 6. Guadagno stated:
“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.”
Governor Chris Christie added that the administration is making sure that residents in New Jersey can vote, even if their polling place was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. They can also drop by the county clerk’s office to vote.
Residents in New Jersey will be given a special phone number to tell them if their polling place is open or not.