TRENTON, NJ - The primary scheduled for July 7 will be almost entirely vote-by-mail, according to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. 

Murphy said on Friday that every registered Democrat and Republican will receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot. Unaffiliated and inactive voters will receive a postage-paid application to vote-by-mail.

“This will be a predominantly mail-in election,” the governor said. “There will be a limited amount of in-person polling places to ensure everyone can vote.”

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Murphy said there will be at least one polling place per municipality with social distancing procedures, with at least 50% of polling places available in each county.

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

Originally scheduled for June but moved back to July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 primary will be used to select party nominations for President, the U.S. House of Representatives and some local and county elections.

Votes must be received within seven days after the polls close to ensure that every vote is counted. Murphy did not say whether the mail-in-vote must be postmarked by a specific day. During the general election, mail-in-ballots must be postmarked by election day in order to be counted.