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NJ Election Officials Tackle Absentee Voting

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Today is the last day for New Jersey residents to apply by mail to get an absentee ballot for next month's election. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, election officials are already swamped by absentee ballots.

REPORTER: This is the first Presidential election in which New Jerseyans can vote right now by so-called "excuse free" absentee ballot by mail, or in person at their county seat. And they're doing so by the tens of thousands. Voters should check for extended hours. Morris County Clerk Joan Bramhall.

BRAMHALL: They can come in anywhere from 8:30 to 4 o'clock. And my extended hours are on Friday they can come in from 8:30am until 8pm and on the Monday before the Tuesday election they can come in here from 8:30 until 3pm and vote in office.

REPORTER: Bramhall says the one downside to the massive volume of absentee ballots is she expects she won't be able to offer total vote results until the day after the election. For WNYC in New Jersey, I'm Bob Hennelly.

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