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New Jersey

In America, our responsibility as citizens is to vote. Your state government’s responsibility is to protect that vote. How is your state doing on holding up its end of the bargain?

 

 SAFEGUARD A: PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD B: ID + SIGNATURE VERIFICATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD C: VERIFIED REGISTRATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 IS MAIL-IN VOTING IN PLACE? 

YES

Election Day

PROBLEM: Most voters’ previous preference for in-person voting, combined with the governor’s decision to make 2020 an all-mail election, meant that 1 in 10 voters had their ballots thrown out. There have also been accusations of ballot-stuffing in Paterson, NJ

  • New Jersey allows no-excuse absentee voting, but the governor implemented an entirely vote-by-mail system in the 2020 primary due to coronavirus concerns
     

  • All registered Republicans and Democrats were mailed a blank ballot, and all registered voters were automatically mailed an absentee ballot application

  • A strikingly high 1 out of every 10 ballots was rejected, and the votes did not count
     

  • This was due to one of several issues: the envelope was unsigned, the certificate was incomplete, or the ballot was received too late
     

  • Two candidates accused two of their challengers of fraudulently soliciting votes at a senior center, going so far as to fill out ballots for the residents

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUt

NEW JERSEY

WHERE CAN I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CAST VOTES BY MAIL IN 2016 & 2018?

2016: 9%     2018: 13%

IS THE VOTING SYSTEM SET UP FOR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN VOTING?

Absentee Voting: Voters complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to their Elections Office before they are sent a ballot

CAN I REQUEST AND SUBMIT AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR ANY REASON?

YES

HOW DO OFFICIALS VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF MY BALLOT APPLICATION?

  • Signature on ballot request form compared to signature on registration record; if rejected, voter has opportunity to request again

  • Signature on return ballot envelope also compared to registration record and with application

IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BALLOT,

WILL OFFICIALS CALL ME TO CORRECT IT?

NO

WHEN IS MY MAILED BALLOT DUE?

Ballots received by close of polls on Election Day

IS THERE AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD?

Yes – Begins 45 days before and ends 1 day before Election Day

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

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IT'S HAPPENING
& THE ISSUES ARE REAL

See news stories and editorials that illustrate why mail-in voting results in lost votes and lost rights.

FEWER POLLING STATIONS & longer lines

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Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.

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harvesting

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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Inaccurate
Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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