Gov. Phil Murphy said at his weekly Covid briefing today that he believes the state is well-prepared to hold its state elections on November 2 , despite the continued effects of the pandemic.
“We think we’ve got the right protocols health-wise set up,” Murphy said. “We think we’ll have the right amount of manpower.”
Between standard Election Day voting, absentee ballots, and newly instituted early voting opportunities, Murphy added he feels the state has “the right package in place.”
In 2020, the pandemic caused a number of changes in the state’s elections, most notably moving the state’s primary from June to July and switching largely to vote-by-mail for the November general election. The state primary this past June was conducted with relative normality, albeit with a higher-than-usual proportion of voters utilizing absentee ballots.
Murphy said that election mechanics was an issue he discussed with his staff earlier today.