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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Decision on primaries to be made ‘sooner rather than later,’ Murphy says

Election officials say they need to know if June races going all VBM by early next week

By Nikita Biryukov, March 26 2020 4:07 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy said he has yet to make a decision on the state of this year’s June primaries, though he added that he’d likely choose a path in the near future.

“We haven’t made a decision about the June 2nd primary,” he said. “I know it’s a decision we have to make sooner rather than later.”

Elections officials have told the New Jersey Globe they won’t be able to clear significant logistical hurdles involved in an all-vote-by-mail primary unless they were given direction on the matter by early next week.

Officials have also told the New Jersey Globe that they are actively drawing up plans to hold the primary races entirely through the post.

Guidance is already in place for the state’s March and April elections, which Murphy has rescheduled for May 12.

Those races, along with non-partisan municipal elections held the same day, will be conducted entirely using mail-in ballots.

The electoral changes come in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

On Thursday, New Jersey reported a 56% day-over-day increase in the confirmed cases number of persons affected by the novel coronavirus.

Following the 2,492 new cases announced Thursday afternoon, New Jersey has 6,876 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the second-highest number of cases in the nation after New York state.

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