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Counties seeking 9-day extension for 2021 election audit

By David Wildstein, November 12 2021 6:54 pm

County Board of Election officials, some who are still counting votes from an election ten days ago, have asked a judge to give them an extension to complete audits of the 2021 general election.

A new state law approved in 2021 requires election boards to audit machine votes and mail-in ballots to determine if they were tallied correctly.

But the New Jersey Attorney General, in asking for extra time, is telling the court that the statute includes deadlines that are unworkable and conflict with other election laws.  In their court filing, the attorney general’s office said that an audit needs to wait until the recount period is over, which is November 19.

The attorney general, acting on behalf of election boards, want to extend the audit deadline from November 15 to November 24.

“In order to insure the integrity of any recount/recheck request, the Boards are requesting that the time to complete the required audit,” the filing stated.

Mercer County Assignment Judge Robert Lougy will hold a hearing on Monday afternoon to decide if he’ll allow the extension.

The matter does not affect the counting of votes.

In their court filing, the attorney general’s office said that an audit needs to wait until the recount period is over, which is November 19.

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