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Heavy Electronic Voting Response in Monmouth County

Residents are sending multiple e-mail applications, creating an influx of requests.

Electronic voting is causing headaches at the Monmouth County Board of Elections as employees file e-mail requests for ballots.

“I can’t even begin to estimate how many have come in. People are submitting the e-mail several times,” said Laura Kirkpatrick, a spokesperson for Monmouth County.

After Hurricane Sandy displaced thousands of New Jersey residents, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno signed an order allowing voters to submit a mail-in ballot application by e-mail or fax.

Once the request is received, Board of Elections workers have to verify that the individual is a qualified voter. Then, the registered voter receives a waiver of secrecy form along with the ballot to fill out and e-mail or fax back.

In an age of instantaneous communication, some voters are sending e-mail requests to election boards multiple times, Kirkpatrick said. She advised residents who submitted an e-mail request for a mail-in ballot to be patient and avoid sending additional e-mails, as each has to be processed by an elections worker as a separate request.

If residents are concerned that their request for electronic voting has not been received, she advised voters to visit their polling station or a polling station nearby.

“They can step into any polling place in the state of New Jersey and vote provisionally and it will get to Monmouth,” Kirkpatrick said.

Voters casting a provisional ballot will be able to vote for presidential and state-wide elections, though not for their local municipal elections.

The deadline to submit a mail-in ballot application is Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. Once an application is process, the voter has until Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. to submit their ballot and waiver of secrecy.

Thomas Bruno November 06, 2012 at 10:19 PM
The folks at the Election clerks office in Freehold are doing a GREAT JOB in the face of all of this turmoil and uncertainty. I have called a few times over past few days to make sure I had the right procedure, to check on whether I was going to get a ballot, etc. All along they've been the most polite, respectful and thankful people. I have never met any of those folks but I sure would like to - they are great folks and all deserve thanks .. yes even if they are 'just doing their job'.
Iris Wise July 10, 2013 at 02:24 AM
This is so frustrating to know. But I'm pretty sure there can still be solutions to this issue. Electronic voting system is indeed great especially if the flaws can be avoided. I think this is the most convenient and safe when it comes to exercising people's right to vote. -http://www.surveyandballotsystems.com/

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