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

Murphy addresses VBM issues in call with top postal service official

By David Wildstein, June 25 2020 1:15 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy told a top U.S. Postal Service official today that he was concerned about delivery problems of vote-by-mail ballots and pressed for a better job as New Jersey approaches a June 7 primary election run primarily by mail.

The New Jersey Globe has learned that Murphy cited anecdotal evidence of VBM ballots being left in bulk at apartment buildings and delays in delivering ballots to county election offices in his phone call with U.S. Postal Service COO David Williams.

Murphy told Williams that he was concerned about the post office being able handle the upcoming election and urged the embattled agency to step up to assure voters were not being disenfranchised, the Globe learned.

William cited manpower issues related to the coronavirus pandemic as a reason for delays, but told Murphy that New Jersey is not among the hardest hit states as it related to U.S. Postal Service staffing issues.

Murphy and Williams committed to working together to ensure a smoother experience for the primary than some municipalities had in their May 12 all-VBM elections.

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