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Some counties may certify results after courts close, but candidates can still file for recounts

By Nikita Biryukov, November 19 2020 4:15 pm

Some of New Jersey’s 21 counties likely won’t certify election results until after courts close for the day, but candidates in close races will still be able to file for recounts Friday evening or later that night.

County election officials will meet to certify results at some point on Friday. Candidates who want a recount will have until 11:59:59 the same day to file for one.

New Jersey’s courts allow for emergent matters to be filed after the courts close, though applicants must explain why the matter should be considered outside of normal operating hours.

The recount deadline and a runway that will, at most, be hours long will likely be enough to satisfy judges.

To file an after-hours request, petitioners will have to contact the State Police Operational Bureau’s duty trooper, who will then contact the judge on duty for emergent matters.

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