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Ballots left on the floor of an apartment building at 789 11th Avenue in Paterson, New Jersey, allegedly by the U.S. Postal Service. Photo courtesy of documents filed with the New Jersey Superior Court.

Attorney General seeks extension for primary election vote counting

By David Wildstein, July 23 2020 4:08 pm

The New Jersey Attorney General, acting as the counsel to the county Board of Elections, will ask a judge to give at least seven counties an extension to count votes for the July 7 primary election, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

Some counties still have huge numbers of provisional ballots to count, including more than 17,000 in Monmouth and 14,000 in Middlesex.

As a way of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy moved the primary from June to July and ordered that it be conducted almost entirely through the use of vote-by-mail ballots.

The deadline for the return of cure letters to fix technical deficiencies in vote-by-mail ballots – mostly signatures – is close of business today.

In Bergen County, 754 cure letters were mailed and slightly more than half, 385, had been returned as of Wednesday.

Some counties are ready to begin certifying primary election results as early as tomorrow.

The sluggishness of vote-counting in some parts of the state, mostly because they lack state-of-the-art equipment, is expected to be a major consideration for Murphy as he considers an mostly all-VBM general election.

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