N.J. extends e-mail voting deadline

Facing high demand and complaints about ballots arriving late, New Jersey has extended the deadline to submit e-mail or fax ballots from 5 p.m. today to 8 p.m. Friday. 

"It has become apparent that the County Clerks are receiving applications at a rate that outpaces their capacity to process them without an extension of the current schedule," Lt. Gov. and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno said in a directive issued Tuesday.

E-mail and fax voting is normally reserved for overseas residents and military personnel. Over the weekend, the administration of Gov. Chris Christie (R) expanded the program to include displaced storm victims and first responders. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is seeking a court order to force the state to allow displaced voters to vote absentee through the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

There have been concerns about the security of e-mail and fax ballots.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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