NJ to Use Military Trucks as Polling Places

November 01, 2012 at 6:51 pm by: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Eco-Justice, Science/Technology, Voting Rights

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From NBC News:

New Jersey state officials say they are extending the deadline for mail-in ballots and will deploy military trucks to serve as polling places on Election Day in storm-battered communities.

Republican Secretary of State and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said Thursday county clerks’ offices have been ordered to remain open this weekend to help process mail-in ballots.

Voters will be able to go to the clerks’ offices through Tuesday to fill out mail-in ballots and hand them in.

Requests for mail-in ballots are typically accepted by mail up to a week before an election and in person until 3 p.m. the day before an election.

Guadagno says it’s unclear how many of the state’s 3,000 polling places have electricity but she will know better Friday. More than 1.7 million electric customers are without power.

Meanwhile in NY, the deadline to vote by absentee ballot has been extended:

Attention All New York State Voters:

Extension of Absentee Ballot Application Deadline. The State Board of Elections has approved an extension of the Absentee Ballot deadline for all voters in the state from October 30th to November 2nd. Therefore, for all absentee ballot applications sent by MAIL or FAX, they now must be received no later than Friday, November 2nd. The IN PERSON deadline remains Monday, November 5th.

Extension of Absentee Ballot Receipt Deadline. The State Board of Elections has approved an extension of the deadline for absentee ballots to be received and counted from 7 days after Election Day to 13 days after Election Day. Ballots must still be postmarked no later than Monday, November 5th, however they now have until November 19th to arrive at the local Board of Elections.

For the latest information concerning the Board of Elections in the City of New York please follow this link:

County Board of Elections Poll Site Changes due to the storm.

From the NYC BOE:

The Board of Elections in the City of New York staff has been working diligently around the clock to make sure that we are prepared for Election Day. Hurricane Sandy and the loss of electricity have made our task more challenging. Our central phone bank (866 VOTE NYC) is not functioning properly and our Manhattan and Staten Island offices have been closed since Monday due to loss of power. Our offices in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn are now open and operating between the hours of 10AM and 9PM. Since the Manhattan Borough is closed due to loss of power, temporary office has been set up in Manhattan at the Borough’s Voting Machine Facility. Our Staten Island office is closed, however, we are working closely with building management to serve the voters of Staten Island as soon as possible. The processing of absentee ballot applications has been delayed by the storm but our staff are working diligently to process all absentee ballots that will be distributed by USPS overnight mail. Other NYC agencies have assigned some of their workers to assist in our efforts and we appreciate their assistance. We will keep voters informed of developments in our Election Day operations by posting updates on our website and periodically issuing news releases. For additional information, please visit our website at www.

1780 Grand Concourse, 5 Fl
Bronx, NY 10457
Tel: 1.718.299.9017

345 Adams Street, 4 Fl
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 1.718.797.8800

126-06 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Tel: 1.718.730.6730

Manhattan Borough office is closed. Operations temporarily relocated to the Manhattan Voting Machine Facility
450 West 33rd Street, 10Flr
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 1.212.465.0503

Staten Island Borough office is closed until further notice.
1 Edgewater Plaza, 4 Fl
Staten Island, NY 10305
Tel: 1.718.876.0079

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