New Jersey’s election system can be examined within the coming weeks as most voters can be casting their ballots for the presidential election by mail or dropping them off for the primary time within the state’s historical past.
The state is considered one of 4 within the U.S. that this 12 months opted to automatically mail ballots to voters to reduce in-person voting to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus. A handful of different states, together with Utah and Oregon, already take the method for each election.
Native election officers have begun delivering almost six million ballots statewide to energetic registered voters, essentially the most ever mailed within the state. Greater than 1.25 million ballots had been returned as of Thursday, based on the New Jersey Secretary of State’s workplace, or 32% of the whole quantity who voted within the 2016 presidential election.
“The quantity of paper is great,” mentioned Christine Giordano Hanlon, the Monmouth County clerk. “All the elections places of work have needed to scramble to regulate, to accommodate the excessive quantity of paper. It’s simply not one thing that has been performed earlier than.”
Ms. Giordano Hanlon mentioned she employed greater than 20 folks to assist sustain with the workload, and her workplace is dashing to ship the remainder of the ballots, together with these for newly registered voters. The deadline to register was Tuesday.