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Judge will hear GOP call for disclosure of VBM ballots dropped at polling locations

By David Wildstein, November 03 2020 11:24 am

New Jersey Republicans are asking a judge to order the release of the number of vote-by-mail ballots dropped off to polling places on Election Day.

The GOP filing states that the administrator for the Union County Board of Elections advised them that they “would not be supplying the number of VBM ballots given to poll workers on Election Day.”

“The legislature passed this statute in an attempt to ensure transparency of the election,” the attorney for the Republicans, Matthew C. Moensch, wrote.  “Requiring poll workers to report the number of VBM ballots received will further the goal of transparency in the electoral process.

Moensch cited a 2018 New Jersey VBM law  that required election officials to post mail-in ballot collection numbers every two hours on Election Day.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Republican State Committee, the Somerset County Republicans, and the Tom Kean for Congress campaign, is asking that poll workers “post the number of VBM ballots hand-delivered to polling locations every two hours.”

Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson ordered a hearing at 1 PM today.

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