Confusion Surrounds New Jersey's Email Vote

New Yorkers allowed to vote anywhere
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2012 12:13 AM CST
A worker pushes voting machines to tents that have become makeshift voting locations in the Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York City.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(Newser) – The storm-battered people of New Jersey are the first large group of domestic voters to be allowed to vote by email, but the move is causing plenty of confusion, Politico finds. The state's top election official now says people who vote by email or fax will also need to mail in their ballots. Voting rights advocates say that while the announcement eases their fears the process could be abused, voters have been told there will be no paper required and the conflicting information could end up disenfranchising people.

In New York, meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an order allowing people displaced by Sandy to vote at any polling place in the state by signing an affidavit, the New York Daily News reports. "We want everyone to vote. Just because people are displaced doesn't mean they should be disenfranchised," he said. The displaced voters will be allowed to cast ballots for president and US Senate, but they won't be able to vote for state Senate or assembly candidates outside their home districts. (Read more Election 2012 stories.)

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