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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is making it easy for residents in the state to cast their ballots. The region has not quite recovered from Superstorm Sandy, prompting Christie to allow voting via email or by fax, as announced over the weekend.

Voters can download a ballot before submitting it to their local county clerk’s office. “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,” Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said in a statement.

“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.”

Just over a week after Sandy hit Jersey’s shores, thousands remain without electricity, and many have been left homeless.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Monday (Nov. 5) making it possible for those affected by the natural disaster to vote at any polling place, as many locations were damaged because of Sandy.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that “30,000-40,000” New Yorkers have been left homeless since the storm.



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