CHAOS: ‘Everybody gets a ballot.’ Murphy says N.J. to have mostly mail-in voting in November election even though COVID is over


COVID is over. This is a Democrat seizure of free and fair elections. They know Trump is going to ace it – they have to stop it by undermining the election process.

The Atlantic: The Chaos in New York Is a Warning

“More than a month after New York’s June 23 primary elections, state election officials are still counting votes. In some legislative districts, they haven’t even started counting absentee votes. In the best-case scenario, election officials hope to declare winners by the first Tuesday in August—six weeks after Election Day. It might take a lot longer than that. Election officials in New York City have already invalidated upwards of 100,000 absentee ballots—about one of every five that were mailed in from the five boroughs. And furious candidates are already filing lawsuits charging discrimination and disenfranchisement.”

‘Everybody gets a ballot.’ Murphy says N.J. to have mostly mail-in voting in November election because of COVID-19.

N.J. will be mostly mail-in voting during November election

By Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com August 14, 2020:

THE LATEST: U.S. Postal Service says it can’t guarantee all N.J. mail-in ballots will be delivered on time

All of New Jersey’s approximately 6.2 million registered voters will receive mail-in ballots to vote in November’s election as the state continues to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, under an executive order Gov. Phil Murphy signed Friday.

Murphy said the Garden State will have a “hybrid” election Nov. 3, with expanded mail-in voting and a select number of in-person polling locations across the state where people can vote via paper provisional ballot.

The move comes despite President Donald Trump amping up his opposition to widespread mail-in voting while he vies for re-election in November and over the objections of local Republicans and county leaders.

It also comes amid concern over how the U.S. Postal Service will handle the election season. It was revealed later Friday that the agency has sent New Jersey and other states a warning letter that it can’t guarantee all mail-in ballots will be delivered in time to be counted.

“Everybody gets a ballot,” Murphy said as he announced the decision during an interview Friday morning on “New Day.”

“As much as we enjoy the time-honored traditions of joining our neighbors on line to cast our ballots on Election Day, and as much as we are energized by seeking packed polling places, we must recognize that this is not a regular election year,” the Democratic governor added Friday afternoon as he unveiled more details during his latest coronavirus briefing in Trenton.

“We can say that in more ways than one, but it certainly matters in terms of how we go about ensuring a free and open election in the face of this ongoing pandemic,” he added.

New Jersey is one of four states, plus Washington, D.C., to announce they will proactively mail ballots to voters before the election this year.

The goal is to create more social distancing by cutting down lines at polling locations and to give people concerned about voting in person an alternative.

The setup Murphy announced is similar to how New Jersey held its primary elections in July, which were delayed a month and held mostly mail-in, with some physical voting locations, to help protect against COVID-19. The state also delayed a number of local elections earlier in the year and made those races vote-by-mail only.

But the general election is a much larger undertaking, with much higher stakes and a likely much larger turnout. At the top of the ticket is the presidential race between Trump, a Republican, and former Vice President Joe Biden, his Democratic challenger.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is also running for re-election against Republican Rik Mehta, and all 12 of New Jersey’s U.S. House seats are on the ballot. There will be local races, as well.

Under Murphy’s order, county clerks must mail ballots with prepaid postage to voters by Oct. 5.

You can either then mail in your ballot, drop it in a secure drop box being set up across the state, take it to one of the select physical polling locations, or vote by paper provisional ballot in person, Murphy said. Only people with disabilities will be able to vote via machine in person.

There will be at least one in-person polling location in each of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities.

The state will also set up at least 10 secure boxes in each county where you can drop your ballot.

If voting by mail, all ballots must be sent through the U.S. Postal Service, postmarked by Nov. 3, and received by election boards by 8 p.m., Nov. 10 — a week after Election Day.

Ballots that lack postmarks because to postal error must be by 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 to be counted — 48 hours after in-person polls have closed.


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