Atlantic County Democrats will extend the terms of their county committee members until June 2021, following a recommendation by the New Jersey Democratic State Committee to postpone those elections as the state deals with the deadly coronavirus.
Michael Suleiman, the county chairman, said that seats normally up in this year’s primary will be elected next year.
The county reorganization meeting scheduled for June will also be pushed until 2021.
“Given the moratorium on canvassing, the prohibition on large gatherings by the Governor, and to alleviate the burdens on elections officials, postponing county committee elections is necessary given the serious public health crisis we face,” Suleiman said. “Should this public health crisis still continue into June, the mass gatherings at polling places and reorganization meetings could greatly increase the spread of COVID-19.
The move comes as political parties weigh postponing county committee elections to avoid candidates canvassing for petition signatures.
“We strongly recommend the postponement of municipal committee reorganization meetings for one year and thus the terms of Municipal Chairs will be automatically extended for one year,” Suleiman said.