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Murphy hasn’t considered extending voter registration deadline

Governor: online voter registration would require a law

By David Wildstein, March 28 2020 2:28 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy has not considered extending the deadlines for voter registration in New Jersey, but did not specifically rule that out either.

The deadline to register to vote for the May 12 local elections is April 21, and is May 12 for the June 2 primary election.

He did say that online registration is not on the table, noting that the legislature would have to act first.

“We need a law to go to online voter registration, which is something, frankly, that I would actually welcome,” Murphy said.

While in-person voter registration sites, including local, county and state offices offices, are closed, eligible prospective voters can still register by mail.

“Balancing that life has to go on, particularly democracy and the exercise of our sacred right to vote with an acknowledgement that we’re in a crisis unlike we’ve ever dealt with before,” Murphy said. “That’s sort of guiding our decisions to try to strike that balance and we’ll continue to strike it.”

New Jersey will hold May 12 elections in 32 municipalities, including a change of government referendum in Atlantic City, a special township committee election in West Amwell, a special fire commissioner election in Old Bridge.

School board elections will be held in Cliffside Park, Fairview, Garfield, Hackensack, Oakland, Ridgewood, Irvington, Newark, North Bergen, Weehawken, West New York, New Brunswick, Totowa and Passaic.

Non-partisan municipal elections are scheduled for Ventnor, Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood, Teaneck, Bass River, Medford Lakes, Ocean City, Belleville, Orange, Irvington, Montclair, Nutley, Allenhurst, Deal, Keansburg, Loch Arbor and Paterson.

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