Protect our voting rights!
  • Petitioned New Jersey

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New Jersey

Protect our voting rights!

    1. Petition by

      Ronen Kaufman

Sandy has left millions on the East Coast without power. Whole neighborhoods in New Jersey are under water. Public transportation is still at a standstill, and I'm writing this letter to you in the dark.

The election is on Tuesday.

As election day nears, it’s becoming clear that getting to polls will be difficult for many. I live in Jersey City, New Jersey, and I know what’s happening in our neighborhoods. Please, make sure everyone in New Jersey can cast their votes.

For ten years, I've been a teacher at the public elementary school down the street from my house. So when I walk around my neighborhood and hear about the heavy toll Sandy has taken on just the few blocks where I work and live, I know the storm's aftermath will present challenges in all affected areas on Election Day. Downed trees and live wires block our streets; one MILLION residents lack power; gas lines stretch for miles and hours, in Hudson County and down the shore. Things are not easy.  New Jersey residents can now vote by email and fax which will allow many people to cast a ballot but what about all those still without power and those living in lower income communities without access to email?  They will still need support to get to the polls. 

That is why I am calling on the New Jersey State Board of Elections to ensure that everybody will have access to vote this election. To help make sure people can vote, please:

- Move polling places from flooded areas to safer ground.
- Replace electronic voting machines with paper ballots in areas without power.
- Extend voting hours.
- Extend early voting.
- Provide transportation to polling locations for those who won’t have access to public transportation.
- Extend deadlines for absentee voting in the state.

New Jersey is struggling and this recovery will take a long time. Don’t let Sandy take our votes away. Please, do everything in your power to protect our rights.

Recent signatures


    1. Election Day Update

      Ronen Kaufman
      Petition Organizer

      NJ's electronic voting measures are problematic. Instead use PROVISIONAL ballots available at all polling places. If you have been displaced, you can vote this way at ANY New Jersey polling location.

      NJ Residents can text WHERE to 877877 for the closest polling place

    2. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Diane Stone STARRUCCA, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      For my family members who have lost so much already!

    • Katherine Gorman MAPLEWOOD, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      While not the hardest hit of the storm, being without power or heat for a week has been a trial. The polling center we are assigned to has no power as well, but at least I can get there. The tremendous numbers of people who have lost their homes, transportation and are flooded out need to be accommodated. Many, who evacuated flood zones can not return in the foreseeable future. There are quite a few residents who have had to go out of state to stay with relatives as well. How shall their voices be heard?

    • Janet Restivo EVERETT, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      EVERYBODY has the right to vote!

    • Leslee Moore LEXINGTON, KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      All of my NJ family and friends should not lose their right to vote. Haven't they lost enough already?

    • kenneth konick CLARK, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      important basic right.Extremely important election.


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