NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As the Tri-State area begins to catch its breath after Hurricane Sandy, it may be hard to believe that Election Day is two days away.
New Jersey residents displaced by Sandy will be able to vote electronically in the coming election. In addition to the military helping set up polling sites, affected residents can use email or a fax machine to submit an application to their county clerk.
The ballot will be sent back to them in the manner it was received (by email or fax). Ballots must then be returned no later than 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
N.J. Governor Chris Christie said residents have no excuse to skip voting on Tuesday. Polling places with power will vote as normal, while those without power will allow voters to cast their vote by paper ballot. If you need information on your polling station, text 877877 with your home address.
Ballot applications can be downloaded from the state’s website. Click here to be taken directly to necessary form. A list of county clerk websites, phone numbers and fax numbers are available by clicking here.
In New York, many polling sites sustained damage in the storm and won’t be ready in time for Tuesday. For information on your polling site, visit elections.ny.gov. You can also click here for a .pdf list of polling site changes.
Voters can cast ballots by absentee, but they must apply for one by the end of Monday.
So far, we’re aware of two polling stations that have changed due to the storm:
The following downtown NYC poll sites have changed due to the storm:
- Bard High School at 525 East Houston St is relocated to P.S. 188 or P.S. 196 at 442 East Houston Street.
- Westbeth Housing, 155 Bank St. is relocated to P.S. 3 at 490 Hudson Street.
On the campaign trail, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are criss-crossing the so-called “battleground states.”
The president hit four swing states on Saturday, including a joint appearance with former President Bill Clinton in northern Virginia. They’ll do another appearance together in New Hampshire later today.
Romney ended Saturday with a rally in Englewood, Colorado. On Sunday, he hit Pennsylvania, which is considered a “safe state” for the president, but the Romney campaign sees it as a possible pick-off target on Election Day. There’s growing GOP strength in the western part of the state.