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Former Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Gibbs: Tie expanded VBMs to voter ID

By Nikita Biryukov, April 09 2020 3:15 pm

House candidate Kate Gibbs called for a federal law that ties expanded vote-by-mail systems to a voter ID Thursday.

“Forcing voters to stand in line during a deadly health pandemic — sometimes in the pouring rain — was just plain wrong,” Gibbs said. “But if Democrats truly want elections that are more accessible and fair, then they should support a bipartisan compromise that links expanded Vote-By-Mail with a national voter ID law that would go a long way towards stamping out voter fraud and corruption.”

Gov. Phil Murphy has already delayed elections originally slated for March and June.

Those races, along with the state’s non-partisan municipal elections, will now take place on May 12 and be held entirely using mail-in ballots.

On Wednesday, Murphy announced he was delaying the state’s primaries, pushing the date back more than a month, from June 2 to July 7.

The primaries are still set to have in-person voting, though Murphy declined to rule out the possibility of holding those elections entirely through the post.

New Jersey Democrats tend to the majority of votes cast by mail-in ballots, though Democratic organizations in the state have put more effort and money into their VBM platforms than their Republican counterparts.

“I flat-out reject the premise that Republicans are naturally disadvantaged due to Vote-By-Mail — that’s nothing but an excuse for losing,” Gibbs said. “At the same time, Democrats — often with the help of a biased and complicit media — continue to ignore repeated instances of voter fraud and corruption in our election system.”

New Jersey has seen a relatively small number of mail-in ballot fraud schemes over the last two decades, including an incident in Hoboken that saw former Councilman Frank Raia convicted for his part in an alleged vote by mail bribery scheme.

Under Gibbs’ proposal, voters would need to send a photocopy of their ID along with their mail-in ballot.

Gibbs faces former Hill International CEO David Richter in her bid to win the Republican nod to take on Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton).

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