N.J. sets plans to accommodate all voters

Because of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, election officials in New Jersey are taking some unusual steps to make voting easier.

Residents displaced by the storm can vote by email or fax.

In hard-hit Ocean County, 50,000 provisional ballots were printed so registered voters can go to any polling place to vote.

More than 2,000 people already have cast their ballots at a temporary voting site in the county administration building.

Gerry Pizzi, who lives in Toms River near the bridge to Seaside Heights, says she couldn’t go to her usual polling place because the neighborhood was decimated.

Still, she said, she feels obligated to vote.

“It’s more than a moral imperative, and people that were indifferent about it before this point see how important it is,” Pizzi said. “We need government. We need people that come out for us and do for us and care about us.”

A man from Ortley Beach says he voted at the county administration building because his regular polling place was destroyed by the storm, and his house is gone too.

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