TRENTON, NJ – When Governor Phil Murphy announced the July 2020 election would be conducted by mail-in ballot, many believed the process would be riddled with problems and fraud. Governor Murphy insisted that his administration would ensure a fair election with plenty of oversight, but so far, the election is two weeks away and the vote by mail system has been plagued by fraud, fire, misprinted ballots and confusion.
President Donald J. Trump is perhaps the biggest skeptic of the mail-in-ballot fiasco.
“RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES,” the President tweeted.
Our own Joe Rullo, last month was also skeptical.
“If Governor Murphy and the State of New Jersey can’t process a few hundred thousand unemployment claims, how is New Jersey going to process millions of vote-by-mail ballots?” Rullo asked back in May.
MAIL-IN BALLOT BURNED
In Republican strong Morris County this week, a mail truck carrying ballots burst into flames. A mail carrier delivering 2020 primary election vote by mail ballots caught fire, destroying an unknown amount of ballots ahead of next week’s primary election. The Morris County Election Board is now trying to determine which ballots were lost and how to replace those lost ballots before the election.
FOUR DEMOCRATS ARRESTED FOR RIGGING PATERSON ELECTION
Four Paterson Democrats this week were charged with criminal conduct involving mail-in ballots during the May city council election. The investigation by the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability (OPIA) began when the U.S. Postal Inspection Service alerted the Attorney General’s Office that hundreds of mail-in ballots were found in a mailbox in Paterson. Numerous additional ballots were found in a mailbox in nearby Haledon.
Thousands of ballots in that election were invalidated by the clerk. Many in the city are even calling for a new election because of the rampant fraud.
REPUBLICANS GET DEMOCRAT PRIMARY BALLOTS IN MAIL
It is being reported that hundreds of absentee ballots sent to Republican voters in Somerset County have been screwed up. The Somerset County Clerk blames a printing error and confirmed that between 500 to 700 primary voters received the wrong ballot. The Clerk’s office has not yet published a public response to the error, but News 12 reported, “500 to 700 mail-in ballots sent to Republicans in Bernardsville were incorrectly printed with only the names of Democratic candidates like @JoeBiden @SenSanders and @Malinowski. Somerset County clerk says error made by printer.”
When U.S. Senate Candidate Hirsh Singh sent out a mailer to constituents to let voters know that if they voted incorrectly, it is their right, by New Jersey law to request another ballot. This letter sparked rage by his opponents and even drew the attention of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. On the Camden County official voting website, it states that if a voter incorrectly filled out their vote-by-mail ballot, they can request another. Singh sent out a letter this week, echoing the verbiage of the Camden County Board of Election’s website. Now, his opponents are claiming Singh is committing voter fraud. There is confusion all around when it comes to this never tried system of a 100% vote by mail election.
BALLOTS BEING SENT BACK
In some cases, voters are receiving their mail-in-ballots in their mailbox after they sent them to the County Clerk. This is more widespread out of New Jersey, but there have been several reports of returned ballots in New Jersey.