Join us below at 12:30 P.M. Eastern time on Wednesday (November 7) for a live 30-minute online chat with Andrew Appel of Princeton University's Center for Information Technology and Policy.

With many New Jerseyans still coping with the aftermath of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sandy, government officials gave voters more options for this election, allowing them to cast ballots by e-mail or fax. It's a legally contentious move that gives in-state residents the same benefits as overseas military personnel. But with the ever-present threat of hackers and identity theft, is it safe?

Similarly, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted restrictions in response to Sandy so that voters can place their ballots at any polling station, not just their usual assigned site.

During the live chat, Appel will discuss the practicality of Internet voting as well as election security nationwide. We invite you to post chat questions in advance in the comments below. 

Appel is chairman of the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University where he researches computer security, programming languages and technology policy. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.