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State will allow voters to amend rejected mail-in, provisional ballots

By Nikita Biryukov, June 18 2020 11:05 am

The state of New Jersey will allow voters to amend their rejected mail-in ballots in a bid to reduce voter disenfranchisement ahead of the state’s July 7 primaries.

As part of a settlement agreement reached between the state and a series of voting rights groups that includes the New Jersey NAACP and the state League of Women Voters, county boards of election will be required to send voters “cure forms” to verify their identities.

These forms will ask for a given voter’s driver’s license number, non-driver id number or the last four digits of their social security number. Voters will have until July 23, more than two weeks after the close of the July 7 races, to remediate their mail-in ballots.

The settlement comes after widespread problems in the state’s all-vote-by-mail non-partisan municipal elections on May 12.

Those races saw thousands of voters disenfranchised, either through ballot rejection because of signature mismatches or delivery delays on the part of the U.S. Postal Service, among a myriad of other issues.

Thousands of ballots were rejected or came in too late to be counted last month, potentially swinging elections in Paterson and Nutley.

Every registered Republican and Democrat will receive a postage pre-paid mail-in ballot for next month’s primaries, while every unaffiliated voter will receive a mail-in ballot application that has already been paid for.

Unaffiliated voters and others who do not wish to cast their votes through the post can vote provisionally at a reduced number of polling locations.

NJ Advance Media first reported the settlement.

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