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Governor Phil Murphy has announced today that the General Election in New Jersey this November will employ primarily a vote-by-mail balloting system.
The Governor, at his daily public briefing today, said that all active registered voters will automatically receive a prepaid, return-postage vote-by-mail ballot.
The Morris County Board of Freeholders in a resolution sent to the Governor this week, unanimously asked the Governor and state Legislature to reject an primarily by mail voting system for the November General Election and to consider safe COVID-19 options for in-person voting, instead.
According to the Governor Murphy’s directive, all ballots will be mailed from County Clerks by Monday, October 5.
Voters will be able return ballots:
He also announced that the state’s new online voter registration system will be up and running effective Sept. 4, giving new voters an added ability to ensure they can register to vote.
“Our plan is built around a simple principle: Making sure voting is safe for you and secure for democracy,” said the Governor.
All ballots being returned through the U.S. Postal System must:
Ballots that lack postmarks due to postal error and received by 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 will be considered valid.
In addition, the Governor’s order requires the following:
On Election Day, ALL public schools will close to in-person instruction to facilitate use of the building as an in-person polling place