MMM is hearing that there is a movement within at least three county Boards of Elections to stop counting Vote-By-Mail ballots that are in house at 10 pm tonight, rather than complete the count on election day, as is required by statute.
A Court Order is required to stop the count of VBM ballots, according to Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giodano Hanlon.
Some Elections Commissioners in Essex, Camden and Monmouth Counties are arguing that since VBM ballots will continue to be accepted if post marked today and delivered by 8pm on Thursday, that there is no point in working too late tonight. The new law that Governor Murphy signed in August evidently did not change the requirement for Boards of Elections to complete counting VBM ballots on hand when expanding the deadline for acceptance.
The Attorney General’s press office has yet to respond to our email requesting confirmation that Board of Elections have been instructed to seek Court Orders by 7PM this evening if they want to stop counting and go home early tonight.