TRENTON, NJ — Less than two months from Election Day, New Jersey has launched a new website that allows residents to register to vote and track their mail-in ballot — all while on the go or from the comfort of their home.
“This online form is safe and secure, and can be accessed anywhere — whether from a library computer or your smartphone,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during his September 8 press briefing. “Simply visit nj.gov/state/elections and click the link for ‘Register to Vote’ at the top of the page. All you need to securely register to vote is your driver’s license number or non-driver identification number, or your Social Security number.”
Some polling places still plan to open November 3 for the election, which has an October 13 registration deadline.
Roughly 13,000 people registered to vote during the site’s “soft launch,” Murphy said. Once residents have voted by mail, they can follow their ballot’s arrival to their county clerk’s office.
“That’s a question we get all the time," he said. "How do I know my vote gets there? How do I know my ballot gets there? How do I know it will be counted? Turns out, you can know that.”
More information on voting in 2020 is available here.
“I hope it's a short window that we're having to do things that we've never done before,” Murphy said while addressing an election taking place amid a global pandemic. “But ultimately, (do) I have some high degree of confidence that we'll get back to using machines to vote? Absolutely. I personally have voted by mail over the years. I think it's an easy (and) straightforward way to cast your vote that adds to democracy. But that doesn't mean that we're past the days of machine voting. So without knowing the specifics of how many, how much, what the timing is, we're in a window here that I hope is shorter than longer.”
As part of an executive order signed by the governor in mid-August, some 6.2 million registered voters in the state were automatically sent a mail-in ballot to vote this year. Although President Donald Trump has spoken out against vote-by-mail, Murphy — a Democrat — said the Garden State expects to see a “hybrid” election this year.
“As much as we enjoy the time-honored traditions of joining our neighbors to cast our ballots on Election Day, and as much as we are energized by seeking packed polling places, we must recognize that this is not a regular election year,” he said during an August 14 press conference.
Below is the video of Gov. Phil Murphy's September 8 press briefing:
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