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New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way demonstrates new machines for early voting at a meeting of county election officials on August 5, 2021. (Photo: NJ Secretary of State).

Murphy ‘feels good’ about early voting preparedness

By Joey Fox, September 29 2021 3:40 pm

With 24 days to go until the debut of New Jersey’s first-ever early voting period, Gov. Phil Murphy said today at his twice-a-week Covid briefing that he’s confident the state is well prepared to administer the eight days of additional in-person voting.

“I think we – Secretary of State Tahesha Way, the 21 county clerks, our respective teams – feel good,” Murphy said. “This is a big thing for New Jersey. This is the first time we’ve ever had it. Nine straight days, October 23 through the 31st.”

This past March, Murphy signed early voting into law, joining the vast majority of the country in offering voting before Election Day to give voters more flexibility and reduce long wait times. The governor has lauded the option as strengthening the state’s democracy and making voting more accessible.

“I don’t care what party you’re in, I don’t care who you vote for, getting as many people enthused about that October 23 date is a good thing for democracy,” Murphy said.

The early voting period will also mark the first time the state uses electronic poll books, in lieu of the paper poll books used previously. The new technology, while already used in most other states in the country, may pose an initial hurdle for poll workers unaccustomed to it.

Early voting will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, from October 23 until October 31; voting locations by county can be found here.

This story was updated at 4:12 p.m. to clarify what has changed with regards to electronic early voting technology.

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