Mail in ballots

Mail in ballots ‘We really take our time because we don’t want anyone’s vote to not count,’ Evelynn S. Caterson, chairwoman of the Atlantic County Board of Elections, says of going through voters’ mail-in and provisional ballots.

TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed a law requiring anyone who requested a vote-by-mail application from 2016 to 2018 to automatically receive mail-in ballots for future elections.

Voters can opt out of the automatic mailings through their county clerk’s office in person or through forms available online.

S4069 was sponsored by state Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem, and by a large number of Democrats in the Assembly.

The law also included $2 million for implementation, but the New Jersey Association of Counties estimates counties need to be reimbursed about $5 million for its implementation.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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