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State has no plans to require reporting of provisional ballots cast on election night

By Nikita Biryukov, November 02 2020 6:12 pm

The state does not currently plan to mandate election boards to report the number of provisional ballots cast after polls close on election day, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

There’s nothing stopping counties from reporting them on their own — some will, but others may not — but the lack of such an order means the number of provisional ballots cast could be unknown on election night.

The lack of such guidance leaves officials open to claims that, in the style of old school New Jersey politics, votes were brought in in the middle of the night.

The vulnerability may be prove a lure for some. President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to stir up baseless fears over voter fraud, and State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean’s (R-Westfield) campaign on Monday sent out a fundraising email seeking money to “fight any attempts to steal this election.”

Gov. Phil Murphy said he was unaware of any plan to issue such an order during a press briefing earlier Monday, and administration chief counsel Parimal Garg said the same.

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