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U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Hugin at a press conference in Woodbine, New Jersey on October 2, 2018. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe).

New Jersey GOP embraces vote-by-mail, early voting, Hugin says

Republican State Chairman: ‘We need more voter turnout, not less voter turnout’

By David Wildstein, October 07 2022 10:19 pm

In a departure from many other Republicans across the nation, New Jersey GOP State Chairman Bob Hugin is encouraging  are voters to utilize vote-by-mail and early voting platforms in advance of next month’s general election after national Republicans discredited mail-in ballots two years ago.

“The law is the law,” Hugin said.  “We’ve got to make sure we kick butt and do the best we can to make sure we have the best outcomes.”

Hugin said the state Republican Party is investing in “chasing vote-by-mail ballots better than we ever have.”

“Every voter, whether they could vote by mail or they vote early, or they vote on Election Day, all feel equally confident that their vote is being fairly counted and only a legal votes are going to be counted,” Hugin said.  “We’ve certainly had issues in New Jersey, but I don’t think we’ve had anything that’s affected the outcome of elections.  But they’re fairer today than I think they’ve ever been in our history.”

He said elections “need more voter turnout, not less voter turnout.”

Still, Hugin said he worries that voting may begin too early, with voters not having the benefit of being fully informed before their ballots arrive.

“I think we need a balance of that,” Hugin said.  “I do think we need to make sure that our elections are safe, fair, transparent and with complete integrity.”

Hugin says that elections in New Jersey are moving in that direction.

“Our elections are fair,” he said.  “I believe in the outcomes of our elections, but we ought to do a better job.

So far, 926,990 New Jersey voters have requested vote-by-mail ballots; 91,186 have been returned.

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