That problem occurs in Cook County as well. I hope it does not lead to a law suit.Do you know if the electoral college is bound in any way in NJ? Do they have to go with their pledged candidate or the popular vote?<quoted text>
It's not for all of NJ (the headlines have been misleading)- only residents who have been displaced by the storm or first responders. I think there are good intentions behind the plan, but I don't see how it is going to work.
Here is a response that I wrote to one of my cousins who commented on it earlier today (I am too lazy to modify my answer for this forum):
According to the article, email and fax votes are only being accepted for displaced persons and first responders. How do they prove/determine that? Also, you have to submit a request and wait for them to get back to you. Someone who is displaced is not going to have all day to sit next to a computer and wait for the county clerk's office to respond.
I coordinate the Republican poll clerks for my town, so I have to work with our county clerk's office quite often. They are doing all they can right now to make this election as normal as possible for the voters, but even at the best of times their lack of interoffice communication and willingness to give the public misinformation rather than taking a minute to find out the actual answer to a query is astounding.
I think there are good intentions behind this, but not enough training or preparation (on top of the stress and confusion that the residents of the affected areas are already feeling) for it to be effective.
Your observation that Bloomberg is teh mayor of Manhattan and does not pay attention to teh outer boroughs was an eye opener. I read the NYTimes and I have been looking at the regional/local news in a different light.
Maybe it is North/South chauvinism, but I have been mentally comparing Sandy to Katrina in terms of response and the actions of the populace. I doubt we will see FEMA trailers on Staten Island. I expect bad press for the insurance companies who rise questions of whether a house fell down from wind or flood damage. Lots of people do not have flood coverage and the news was talking about the big waves that were causing the damage.
Hang in there kid. I will say a special prayer for you and NJ and NY on Tuesday