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A secure ballot drop box in Englewood, New Jersey. (Photo: Mayor Michael Wildes via Facebook.)

Bergen ramps up ballot scanning, with around 100,000 votes already cast

By David Wildstein, October 12 2020 1:53 pm

Bergen County election officials have stepped up their scanning of vote-by-mail ballots and should be caught up by the end of the week, the New Jersey Globe has confirmed.

The Globe reported last Thursday that more than 50,000 ballots were sitting in bins and not yet scanned.

Officials said that Bergen was waiting for an updated software program to help them scan which appears to be a record number of mail-in ballots, but decided on Friday to begin scanning using the tools currently available to them.  They added additional computers – one source said the number may be as many as 35 – to help them work through their backlog.

Bergen has now scanned around 50,000 ballots, the Globe has learned, but the total number of VBM ballots in Bergen is now around 100,000.

That puts total turnout in Bergen County so far at around 16%, although these numbers are not exact until the ballots have been marked as received by the Bergen County Board of Elections.

As of Friday, just over 12,000 votes had been scanned in.

Bergen has 668,663 registered voters, according to the state Division of Elections, although not all of them received vote-by-mail ballots as eligible voters.

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