At today’s COVID-19 press briefing, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that New Jerseyans will be able to register to vote online as well as track their mail-in ballots via a new state website.
“This online form is safe and secure and can be accessed anywhere,” Murphy said, adding that in order to register, individuals only need their driver’s license number, non-driver identification number or social security number.
According to the governor, nearly 13,000 voters have successfully registered online over the past week during a soft-launch of the website.
He also added that those that set up an account through the website will also be able to track when their ballot is received by their county clerk.
“That’s a question we get all the time,” Murphy 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.”
The website can be found at nj.gov/state/elections. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 13.
Additional COVID-19 Notes
Separately at today’s briefing, Murphy noted that there were “very few reported cases of knucklehead behavior” over Labor Day weekend – a positive and something that the governor says bodes well given the reopenings of limited capacity indoor dining and gyms on Friday.
“As we continue getting back to more of our old routines whether it be dining out, heading to the gym, or going to school, we cannot drop the new routines we have started over the past six months,” Murphy said. “We need to keep wearing our masks, keep up social distancing, and ensure frequent hand washing with soap and water.”
Additionally, a total of 723 school districts have finalized their plans to reopen, with 388 districts choosing hybrid learning, 238 choosing all-remote, 69 going all in-person, and 28 using a combination of plans due to having various facilities within the district.
Finally, Murphy also announced Administrative Order 2020-21 today, which clarifies that health club facilities located in hotels, motels, condominiums, cooperatives, corporate offices, and other businesses can open their indoor premises.
The order also states that health club facilities that are open to the public, and not only to guests, residents, and employees, must conform to the provisions of Paragraph 1 of Executive Order No. 181 (2020) and associated guidance issued by the New Jersey Department of Health.
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