During his Friday briefing, NJ Governor Murphy shared that the delayed NJ primary, now scheduled for July 7th, will be almost entirely by through vote by mail ballots.
In his plan, he shared that Registered Democrats and Republicans will automatically receive postage-paid vote by mail ballots, and unaffiliated and inactive voters will get a postage-paid application to apply for mail-in ballots.
Voters will be able to drop off ballots at regular mail boxes and secure drop-boxes that counties will be required to set up. The deadline for ballots to be received by a county Board of Elections to be counted as valid will now be seven days after polls close, instead of the usual 48 hours.
To accommodate people who prefer to vote in person, and those with disabilities that make it difficult to fill in a paper ballot, the state will require at least one polling location be open in all 585 municipalities in New Jersey. Social-distancing protocols will be in place, including the sanitizing of touch-screen voting machines.
Madion voters in the primary will cast ballots for President, Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate seat, and Mikie Sherrill’s 11th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Madison voters will also be casting their votes Freeholder, and for two Borough Council seats.