NJ Handles 250,000 Absentee Ballots

Officials in New Jersey say they're ready to handle what's expected to be record-high voter turnout next week. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

REPORTER: County election officials reported a record-setting quarter of million absentee ballot requests from voters, like 45-year-old John Luchese. He voted early this week in Morristown, and says nothing was going to stop him from casting what he believes is the most important vote of his life.

LUCHESE: I had a double lung transplant on August 11 so I am doing rehab in Philadelphia. And I go down there on Sunday nights for the week until Thursday so I am not going to be here to vote.

REPORTER: New Jersey is among many places where election officials have been deluged with last minute voter registration forms. Just this year alone the primary battle between Senators Obama and Clinton helped add over 600,000 new voters in New Jersey. For WNYC, I'm Bob Hennelly.