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New Jersey makes plans for makeshift voting places; deploys military trucks to serve as polling places

BY BOB HOLT

Military_vehicle_optMany people have said that the only good thing about Hurricane Sandy is that it made people forget about the election bickering.

But New Jersey is making contingency plans for communities in the state’s 3,000 polling places whose regular voting machines were destroyed or are without power.

According to the Associated Press, Governor Christie announced that the application to apply for mail-in ballots has been extended until Friday and military trucks will be set up as polling sites in areas that have been affected. Some voters will be using paper ballots for voting.

Fox News reports that Department of Defense trucks will be parked at accessible polling places that have lost their electricity. Voters will use paper ballots. Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno said voters should expect to see the trucks with a National Guardsman and a big sign saying, "Vote Here."

She urged people in areas hurt by Sandy to vote by mail-in ballot. Christie said voting would be "old school" again in the towns without power.

Cape May County may have to combine its polling locations, and may be short on polling site volunteers because many of them had to be relocated because of Sandy.

The Boston Globe reported that Guadagno said county clerks’ offices would remain open this weekend to help the processing mail-in ballots. Voters can go to the clerks’ offices through Tuesday to turn in their ballots.

Newark remains under a state of emergency. Mayor Cory Booker has had preliminary conversations about the election, but a plan is not yet in place to get people to the polls.

 

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