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ACLU, League of Women Voters ask judge to keep polls open for 90 more minutes

By David Wildstein, November 02 2021 6:15 pm

Citing “widespread technical and operational issues, resulting in the late opening of polling locations across the state and in inoperable machines throughout the day,” the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey are asking a judge to keep the polls open in New Jersey until 9:30 PM.

The said that “operational failures” have led to voters “being turned away from their respective polling places despite their good faith efforts to cast a ballot at a time when statute requires the polls to be open and operational.”

The matter has been assigned to the Superior Court in Mercer County, where a judge may or may not hear the matter before the scheduled 8 PM closing time.

“This year, the state is using new electronic poll books or “e-poll books”— electronic tablet-like devices—to conduct the election,” the complaint stated.  “The devices track each polling locations’ list of eligible voters. These devices have never before been used in the state.”

There were reports today that the e-poll books had network and connectivity issues that prevented some polling places from opening on time at 6 PM.

“The delays caused by the operational and technical issues have caused confusion among both polling workers charged with the efficient administration of elections and the public attempting to exercise their right to vote,” the ACLU/LWVNJ filing stated.  “In response to the technical issues and the delays, voters have left the polls, one after being told to ‘go home’ without casting a ballot.”

The ACLU and LWVNJ cited issues in Middlesex, Hudson, Monmouth, Mercer, Cumberland, Somerset, Essex and Gloucester counties.

2021-11-02 LVWNJ v Sec of State complaint NJ
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