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Gov. Phil Murphy's chief counsel Matt Platkin.

Likely no extension for petition challenge, bracketing letter deadlines, Platkin says

Election officials quarantine some hard copy petitions for 24 hours, causing processing delay

By Nikita Biryukov, March 31 2020 3:39 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is not expecting to extend deadlines for filing nominating petition challenges and bracketing letters in response to a 24-hour quarantine imposed on petitions filed in person Monday.

“The state, as of now, doesn’t see a reason to change the deadline. They’re actively working with the campaigns,” Murphy Chief Counsel Matt Platkin said. “They feel confident that they can count the petitions, and they’re also working with the county clerks on that side.”

The New Jersey Division of Elections is quarantining for 24 hours hard-copy petitions that were delivered to their office on Monday.

That means some petitions weren’t examined yesterday and won’t be until later Tuesday.

Candidates only have until 4 p.m. Wednesday to file bracketing letters.

The deadline to challenge a candidate’s petitions is April 3.

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