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

Murphy: Unclear if early voting can be enacted for November races

Governor says bill has hit an unspecified roadblock

By Nikita Biryukov, August 14 2020 3:51 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy isn’t sure the state can pass early voting in time for November’s elections.

“We actually had an early voting conversation among our team this morning, and I continue to be a huge proponent, and I think the Senate President and the speaker are as well, but I’ve been told that it’s somehow gotten gummed up a little bit,” he said Friday.

It’s not clear what has blocked the process. Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) said he was unaware of any roadblocks in the legislative process.

On July 30, State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City) told the New Jersey Globe he expected to introduce an early voting bill in the coming weeks. He did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment made at 3:20 p.m.

The governor was also unaware of the reasons behind the delay.

“I don’t have any insight as to why,” he said. “I can’t sit here and say on Aug. 14th that I know whether or not it can still be ungummed in time. Boy, I want it, but I can’t give you a crisp answer as to the status of the legislative process.”

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