A state Superior Court judge has ordered county clerks statewide to accept and process applications for fax and e-mail ballots if voters can prove they tried to ask for one Tuesday but were met with busy signals, error messages or no response at all. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey obtained the order Wednesday because applications for electronic ballots were due by 5 p.m. on Election Day, but many voters had technical problems submitting their request to county elections offices.
Voters who were unable to submit an application must contact their county clerks office by noon Friday and provide proof of an attempt, such as a bounced e-mail message or a fax transmission statement showing the fax did not go through to the clerk’s office.
“The judge’s order attempts to protect the rights of displaced voters who tried in vain this Election Day to obtain a ballot,” said Alexander Shalom, policy counsel for the ACLU. The order was issued by Judge Walter Koprowski in Essex County.