Gloucester County Republican Chairwoman Jacci Vigilante called on U.S. Senate candidate Hirsh Singh to apologize to the county’s Republicans for a mailer sent by his campaign that asked voters who backed his primary rival to vote again.
“Republican County Chairmen Ambrosino, Barlas and Earlen are right to condemn Hirsh Singh for attempting to mislead Republican voters by encouraging them to vote twice in an election,” Vigilante said. “I join my fellow county chairs in that condemnation and demand Hirsh Singh immediately send a second mailer to every Republican in Gloucester County who received his mailer encouraging this type of voter fraud and apologize for asking these voters to break the law.”
Singh’s mailer asked voters who had been “hoodwinked into voting for Rik Mehta” to request and send in a duplicate ballot.
Voting twice is a third-degree felony in New Jersey and is a violation of federal law, as is advising voters to do so.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Thursday told Singh that his mailer violated state and federal election law and ordered him to immediately stop sending it out.
“A final push to try to win an election is no excuse to encourage voter fraud,” Vigilante said.
There’s little chance that a voter who casts two ballots would have both counted. The Statewide Voter Registration System has failsafes in place for such scenario that would prevent election officials from processing the second ballot.