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Thousands of Bergen County ballots returned but still not scanned

More than 50,000 mail-in ballots received in Bergen County

By David Wildstein, October 08 2020 10:07 am

Bergen County is experiencing significant delays in checking in early voting ballot coming in from secure ballot drop boxes and the U.S. Postal Service, with more than 50,000 ballots sitting in bins and not yet scanned by election officials.

The New Jersey Globe has learned that Bergen is experiencing high turnout and is days behind in scanning each ballot to upload data to the Statewide Voter Registration System.  The delay means that some Bergen County voters who are tracking their own ballots will be unable to see that the Board of Elections has received it.

There are also reports of heavy use of drop boxes in Bergen and throughout the state, with rare instances of over-stuffing — drop boxes can only hold about 2,200 ballots.  That’s causing some local election officials to plan for more frequent ballot pickup going forward.

Data coming from the state Division of Elections on Wednesday – which is only as reliable as the information coming from each county – shows less than 3,000 votes cast so far in New Jersey’s most populous county.  The number is closer to 50,000, election officials told the Globe, and could be hovering near the 60,000 mark.

Bergen County has 645,90 registered voters, although some of them may be inactive and did not automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot.

The county Board of Elections has set up a super counting center at Bergen County Community College in Paramus to allow staff to process ballot with enhanced social distancing.

Voters in Bergen County may also call the Board of Elections at 201-336-6230.  Replacement ballots can be obtained from the Bergen County Clerk at 201-7020.  Information can also be received by calling the New Jersey Voter Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

All Voters can check their ballot status online at:
https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot.shtml

Secure ballot drop box locations can be found at:
https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/vote-secure-drop-boxes.shtml

A list of polling locations can be found at:
https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/vote-polling-location.shtml

How to contact your county election officials:
https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/vote-county-election-officials.shtml

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