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Online mail-in ballot applications expected today

Clerks likely won’t begin mailing applications until next week

By Nikita Biryukov, May 28 2020 10:40 am

New Jersey Department of State officials expect to post an online vote-by-mail application later today, though county clerks likely won’t send out physical pre-paid mail-in ballot applications until next week.

Officials have finalized the vote by mail applications themselves, but they’ve hit a bit of a snag on the design of the symbol denoting that postage for mailed applications has already been paid.

The U.S. Postal Service needs to approve that design, and applications won’t be mailed until they do.

Earlier this month, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the state would send prepaid mail-in ballots to every Republican and Democrat in the state ahead of the July 7 primaries. Unaffiliated voters will instead receive a mail-in ballot application with postage already paid.

The state expects to have the finalized applications to county clerks by the start of next week.

The clerks are expected to have the mail-in ballot applications by the start of next week, a State Department spokeswoman said, and county clerks are expected to send them out without much delay upon receipt.

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