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New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way. (Photo: New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs photo by Mark C. Olsen).

Way, Murphy say they’re happy with early voting period

By Joey Fox, November 01 2021 3:12 pm

At the governor’s Covid briefing today, Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of State Tahesha Way expressed satisfaction with the state’s inaugural early voting period, which drew 207,863 voters at 139 early voting locations across the state.

“If you said to me 207,000 early in-person votes over nine days, I think that’s a terrific result,” Murphy said. “It’s a home run as far as I’m concerned.”

Way agreed, adding that rates of early voting may grow in time, a message which both Murphy and Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli have espoused in the past.

“Success is affording voters all options to participate in democracy, and to modernize our election infrastructure,” she said. “You look at vote-by-mail when it first arrived in New Jersey, and you look at how it has increased throughout the years, and that may be true in terms of how early voting is also going to be.”

The state has also received 495,336 vote-by-mail ballots, with more still undoubtedly to come. In total, 10.7% of all registered voters have already cast their ballot via either early voting or absentee ballot.

Way also said she feels confident in the state’s election technology and security plan ahead of Election Day tomorrow.

“We do feel good about the technology and security,” she said. “This is a team effort in making sure that everything is secure in the integrity of the election’s infrastructure.”

For voters who requested an absentee ballot but have not yet submitted it, Way said there is still time to mail it, but she recommended using a vote-by-mail dropbox or county board of elections office instead. And for those voters whose absentee ballots need to be cured, Way said that some cure letters have been sent out, but that her office does not yet have the data on how many ballots are in need of curing.

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