Election offices work overtime to register new voters

Election offices statewide are burning the candle at both ends to keep up with the registration of thousands of new voters.

"We're trying all we can to enter as much as we can, but my staff gets exhausted," says Laura Freytes, superintendent of elections in Passaic County. "They are working so many hours."

Freytes says her crew is working overtime every day until 9 p.m. or later. She's also turned to hiring temps.

The office has registered 19,000 new voters this year, but is still behind about 4,000 applications.

Elsewhere in New Jersey, the numbers are just as staggering. Bergen County has drawn the biggest crowds, registering 43,000 new voters and counting.

Voters whose applications aren't processed by the Oct. 14 deadline will be given provisional ballots. Those ballots would still need to be verified after the election in order to count, which could mean a delay in knowing the results.

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