So many people voted by mail in this county, they can’t count them all on Election night

Election officials cited an "overwhelming" amount of mail-in ballots as a basis for seeking the order.

A Superior Court judge has suspended counting of vote-by-mail ballots in Somerset County until Wednesday morning at the request of county election officials.

County Clerk Steve Peter, in a statement Tuesday evening, said the county had received an “overwhelming” quantity of mail-in ballots, which may total 19,000 to 20,000 in all.

Judge Yolanda Ciccone’s order suspended the count as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, with the count slated to resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Officials said the county clerk’s website would be updated with the final results as soon as the vote-by-mail ballots were counted.

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Thomas Moriarty may be reached at tmoriarty@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ThomasDMoriartyFind NJ.com on Facebook

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