New Jersey GOP seeks federal election monitoring of July 7 primary

New Jersey's Republican state committee has asked the state’s top federal prosecutor to monitor the July 7 primary over concerns that the mostly vote-by-mail election could lead to the “disenfranchisement” of voters.

News 12 Staff

Jun 23, 2020, 8:31 PM

Updated 1,393 days ago

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New Jersey GOP seeks federal election monitoring of July 7 primary
New Jersey's Republican state committee has asked the state’s top federal prosecutor to monitor the July 7 primary over concerns that the mostly vote-by-mail election could lead to the “disenfranchisement” of voters.
The letter sent Tuesday to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito cites news reports of ballots being undelivered in the May 12 municipal election in Paterson, along with what the party says were high numbers of rejected ballots from the municipal elections.
“The basis of this request is the overwhelming number of reports from nearly every corner of the state that indicate Governor Murphy’s switch to an all-mail Primary Election was ill considered and poorly executed to a degree that risks disenfranchisement,” State Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt stated in the letter.
Gov. Phil Murphy criticized the request, calling it "a political talking point” and “ridiculous.”
“That’s not to say that vote-by-mail has been a clean shot, perfect, because we know it hasn’t been,” Murphy said. “But we think we’ve got a really good balance between vote-by-mail and in-person voting.”
Murphy also referenced Kentucky’s primary which took place on Tuesday where there were many people “jammed in together” for in-person voting. The governor said that this would not be a good thing for public health during the pandemic.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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