TRENTON, NJ, - Governor Phil Murphy announced today that he has moved the New Jersey primary election to July 7, 2020 and that it will remain an in-person election.
"Our democracy cannot be a casualty of COVID-19. We want to ensure that every voter can vote without endangering their health or safety.', is what the Governor said as he signed an Executive Order officially moving the Primary's date from Tuesday, June 2nd to Tuesday, July 7th.
Political Trenton insiders have told TAPinto that the Governor is still pondering a possibility of moving to an all vote-by-mail election, which will only happen if there is no other perceived, safe option for residents to exercise their right to vote.
"The move will preserve the possibility that improvements in the public health situation will allow for in-person voting", Murphy said. "But, if we eventually have to make the move to a statewide, all vote by mail election, which has never happened before, this extra time will make that task easier", he said.
Other important deadlines that have changed include the one previously scheduled for today which is the deadline to switch party affiliations. This date will now be extended to May 13th. The voter registration deadline to vote in the primary will now be June 16th. The March 30th filing deadline stands and ballot drawings will still be held tomorrow in all 21 counties.
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