New Jerseyans displaced by Superstorm Sandy will be able to vote past Election Day.
Tuesday afternoon, New Jersey extended the deadline for e-mail voting for displaced residents.
The Division of Elections issued a new directive that gives displaced voters until 8 p.m. Friday to return e-mail and fax ballots.
They still must request the ballots by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The new deadline gives county election officials time to verify and process the requests. They must fulfill the requests by noon Friday.
The state decided days ago to allow voters displaced by the storm to cast ballots by fax or e-mail. Only displaced Sandy victims could vote electronically.
An election official in Hudson County said a backlog was created by voters requesting e-mail ballots even though they weren't forced from their homes by the storm.
Gov. Chris Christie put the matter in simple terms during his briefing Tuesday.
“If you haven't been displaced by the storm, get off your butt and go vote,” Christie said. “I voted. There's no reason anybody else shouldn't vote. I'm pretty busy.”
It wasn't clear Tuesday afternoon how many e-mail ballots were requested but a worker at the Hudson County Clerk's office told NBC News that they were trying to process around 3,000 requests as of Tuesday afternoon.