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

No update on June elections, Murphy says

By Nikita Biryukov, March 31 2020 4:21 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy was not prepared to announce changes to the state’s June primaries Tuesday.

“We’ve got nothing new on that,” he said.

Election officials have told the New Jersey Globe they need a decision within the next couple of days to be able to hold a the primary entirely through mail-in ballots.

Murphy appeared to dispute that window on Tuesday.

“I think we thought after the last time you asked a question about our timeline,” he said. “We have a very different timeline on when to make the decision on the June election.”

The governor’s staff did not immediately provide clarification about the separate timeline.

Election officials must appoint district board workers and submit certified lists of polling places to county election boards by Wednesday.

Schools that have been ordered closed until at least April 17 and assisted-living facilities that face significant risks from the ongoing pandemic are typically used as in-person polling centers.

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