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New Jersey residents displaced by storm will be able to vote by email

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Nov. 2, 2012: People and vehicles line up at a gas station waiting to fill up in Newark, N.J. (AP)

New Jersey will allow residents displaced by the superstorm to vote by email or fax.

Officials announced Saturday that registered voters can vote electronically.

A resident must submit a mail-in ballot application by fax or email to the local county clerk.

When the request is received, a ballot will be emailed or faxed back. Ballots must be returned no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Ballot applications can be downloaded on the state's website.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno says the effort will help alleviate pressure on polling places Tuesday and further ensure a transparent election.

Officials say electronic voting is also an option for first responders working in the aftermath of the storm.

The option is already open to New Jersey voters overseas and in the military.