Gov. Phil Murphy ordered an extension to certify election results for Ocean an Salem counties until November 25 after issues related to COVID-19 made it impossible for them to meet today’s deadline.
“Our democracy is stronger when every voice is heard,” Murphy said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented difficulties for the civil servants charged with the extremely important task of certifying and auditing elections. This executive order will provide these dedicated officials with the time they need to properly conclude their work for this year’s general election.”
The Ocean County Board of Elections had reported 17 positive COVID-19 cases that resulted in a stoppage of ballot counting from November 12-16.
Salem had recently reported at outbreak of COVID in their election office, with 16 positive cases.
Murphy’s executive order also extended the statutorily-required election audits by one week until December 11.