WATCH: Already stressed NJ election boards face their own COVID-19 challenge

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Election Day is one week out and the final days are presenting no shortage of challenges for ballot counters. The state spent months putting in place safeguards to protect against the coronavirus and those measures are proving to be largely successful for workers. Still, officials confirmed Monday that the Mercer County Board of Elections was forced to shut down earlier this month after at least one worker tested positive for the coronavirus. The closure couldn’t have come at a worse time as ballots began pouring into the office, and now workers are scrambling to play catch up.

Contributor Jeff Pillets spoke with NJ Spotlight News Anchor Briana Vannozzi. This reporting is part of an NJ Spotlight News collaboration with Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access.