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State Sen. Kristin Corrado. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Corrado wants Election Boards to post their vote-counting plan

By Nikita Biryukov, September 18 2020 6:52 pm

State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) wants Secretary of State Tahesha Way to make county election boards say how they plan to count ballots.

In a letter sent to Way Friday, Corrado asked that election boards be required to publicly post information about how they would will store ballots, transport ballots from drop boxes posted in each county and when they will begin their count.

A bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy last month allows election boards to begin counting votes for up to 10 days before election day and imposed stiff penalties for leaking early results.

Corrado, a former clerk, also wants boards to say how many mail-in ballots they can count each day and how many additional workers they’re bringing on for Nov. 3.

The Passaic County senator called for in-person voting to be allowed on election day.

“New Jerseyans should be allowed to wait in line and vote in person at the ballot box. Dr. Fauci has even said there is no reason people can’t vote in person as long as they wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines,” she said, referring to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “I will continue to call for the administration’s reversal of its order to hold an almost exclusively vote-by-mail election.”

In-person voting will be present on Nov. 3, but those votes will be cast using provisional ballots to prevent double voting.

Every active registered voter in the state will receive a mail-in ballot for the general election. Provisional ballots are only counted after those have been tallied.

In a previous letter, Corrado urged the secretary of state to require county boards of election to post sample ballots online.

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