National Guard steps in to help NJ election officials count ballots

National Guardsmen are working on the ballot count in several New Jersey counties

The northbound express lanes of the Garden State Parkway were brought to a standstill Sunday afternoon by a convoy of President Donald Trump’s supporters, before they continued north to Union County. Similar motorcades packed bridges and blocked traffic in New York and across the country this past weekend. It’s unclear if any of those efforts were coordinated.

What is clear is that election workers are hard at work, processing and counting ballots and answering questions from voters amid new guidelines and the uncertainty of voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boards of election across the state have hired extra workers to help process a mountain of mail-in ballots. In Hudson County, ten times as many workers as in a normal election year have been hired. Helping to count votes there and in other New Jersey counties are members of the National Guard. Correspondent Michael Hill reports.