Murphy outlines process for NJ's mostly vote-by-mail primary

Posted at 3:45 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 15:45:31-04

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy outlined out a largely vote-by-mail primary election in June will work, with many voters receiving a paid-for mail-in ballot.

All active voters who are registered as either Democrats or Republicans will automatically be sent a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot. All unaffiliated or inactive voters will receive applications to do so.

A limited number of in-person polling places in each county will be open. Murphy says that this is so that everyone "can exercise their right to vote."

"No one should have to choose between their health and exercising their right to vote," Murphy said.

Ballots must be received by a county's board of elections within seven days after polls closed to be counted. Traditionally, it has been 48 hours.

"We will ensure every vote is counted," Murphy said.

While the Democratic presidential primary is all but over, both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will be on the ballot. Former presidential candidate Cory Booker is seaking re-election to the US Senate and faces a primary challenge from activist and Sanders' New Jersey campaign chair Lawrence Hamm.

There are currently five Republicans vying to win a primary to challenge Booker. They include former independent Senate candidates Tricia Flanagan and Natalie Lynn Rivera, former Congressional and gubernatorial candidate Hirsh Singh, phramacist and professor Rik Mehta and newcomer Eugene Anagnos.