New Jerseyans who work at the polls on Election Day are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations as essential workers, Gov. Phil Murphy said on Friday.
“Without question, poll workers are essential workers. Period. This is a no brainer, black and white,” Murphy said. “There’s no question they would be deemed to be essential workers.”
Murphy announced this week that New Jersey would return to in-person voting in April, when some municipalities hold school board and fire commissioner elections, and for May non-partisan municipal elections.
Under an executive order issued by Murphy last year, those elections were held entirely through vote-by-mail ballots.
Murphy said that the June 8 primary election would likely return to in-person voting, although he stopped short of announcing it.
In 2020, the primary and general elections were conducted primarily through mail-in ballots, with limited in-person voting utilizing paper ballots.
“I would hope that by the time April and May comes around, we are in a dramatically different and a better place as it relates to a vaccine supply,” Murphy said.
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