With less than a week to go until the presidential elections, state officials in New Jersey are moving ahead with an ambitious plan to let voters in that state have their say on Nov. 6.
State election officials will use military trucks and vehicles as makeshift polling stations for the upcoming presidential election, as the state and the rest of the Eastern Seaboard recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno laid out the plan to convert the military vehicles into voting booths on Friday during a press conference in Trenton, according to reports by the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Local election officials have also decided to extend the statewide deadline for voters to request mail-in ballots, due to the hurricane's impact on New Jersey voters to get to the polls, according to published reports.
The initial deadline for mail-in ballot requests in the state expired on Tuesday, a day after the storm ravaged many areas inside New Jersey and other mid-Atlantic states.
Guadagno, who is also New Jersey's secretary of State, had initially planned to consolidate the state's polling stations scattered across the various counties into a small network of mass voting stations.
However, several county election officials pressed Gov. Chris Christie to move forward with temporary polling stations, including those located in temporary emergency shelters and now military vehicles belonging to the New Jersey National Guard.
Nearly 6,700 Guard and Reserve forces were initially sent into New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland late Monday night, as the brunt of the storm hammered the East Coast, according to the Pentagon.
That number has swelled to 7,400 as area communities continue to assess the millions in damage left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.