NJGOP Comment on Failure of Mail Only Elections

May 15, 2020
NJGOP Comment on Failure of Mail Only Elections
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Trenton, NJ – Earlier this week, 33 municipalities in New Jersey conducted elections by mail, with ballots being sent to all registered voters. It has become clear in the days since, that this system failed. 
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The execution of these elections was so poor that even fellow Democrats are urging Governor Murphy to scrap automatic ballot mailing.
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Chairman Doug Steinhardt said:
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“It is critical our citizens have faith in the security and validity of our elections – voter fraud anywhere is a threat to our election’s legitimacy everywhere. There are concerns around the nation about states choosing to mail ballots to all registered voters, and we’ve seen why right here in New Jersey, just in our handful of municipal elections this week. 
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“New Jersey already has a vote-by-mail system, where a voter requests a ballot, is sent one, and returns it. This ill-considered scheme to send ballots out to people who did not request one and may have never voted jeopardizes the security of our elections. Governor Murphy must make clear that he is not seriously considering this dangerous scheme for the general election this fall. 
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“In uncertain times, ensuring that the citizens of New Jersey know that their vote counts, and is not being cancelled out by fraud, is critical. Our state should not under any circumstances mail ballots out to voters who do not proactively request them.”