Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have released the following statement on Governor Murphy’s executive order which creates a modified vote-by-mail election for the July 7 Primary and the potential inaccuracies that may arise from this system.
“Over the last few days, we have received dozens of calls and emails concerning ballots for residents who are deceased. How can anyone expect this new system to be lawful and effective if there are glaring inaccuracies in the process?” stated the 10th District Legislators.
“The Governor’s executive order to require all county election officials to send vote-by-mail ballots to all registered Democrats and Republican voters includes sending ballot applications to unaffiliated and inactive voters as well. This new system opens the door to voter fraud. Every election is crucial to upholding the values of this country and we cannot allow any mistakes, especially during this political climate.”
The order also requires opening a minimum of at least one polling place in each municipality. Polling locations will be required to follow public health standards including ensuring six feet of distance, requiring poll workers to wear face coverings and gloves, frequent sanitization of high-touch areas, and providing sanitization materials to all individuals at a polling place.
“The Governor has unilaterally decided to implement this new voting system which once again shows how he continues to use his power without the consideration of the legislature,” continued the lawmakers. “Voter fraud and rejected ballots are a major concern for our constituents. When you allow the entire state the opportunity to vote by mail, there are more opportunities for mistakes and corruption to the system.”