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Christie: Special Email Ballots Only For NJ Residents Displaced By Sandy; Email Voting Extended To Friday

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (file/Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (file/Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New Jersey is allowing voters displaced by Superstorm Sandy to vote by email or fax as state residents living overseas and members of the military are able to do.

Since some offices have been swamped with requests, email voting has been extended to Friday for displaced residents.

Earlier, election officials in Hudson County said voters who are not eligible for special email ballots are requesting them anyway.

Deputy Hudson County Clerk Janet Larwa said the requests are bogging down what’s already a challenging election process for workers.

Larwa said she’s getting requests from many people who were not displaced. She says she had 2,000 requests for email ballots by noon Tuesday.

Gov. Chris Christie addressed confusion over the special email ballots at a news conference Tuesday morning.

“The only people who should be applying for ballots by email are people who have been displaced from their homes because of the storm. If you haven’t been displaced from your home because of the storm, get your butt up and go vote at your polling place,” he said. “This is not a convenience thing. This is for people who have been displaced from their homes.”

For more information about voting in New Jersey, click here.

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