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Gov. Phil Murphy at an April 26, 2020 Covid press briefing in Trenton. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Governor’s office will contact USPS over undelivered mail-in ballots

VBM deliveries to at least two Belleville apartment buildings left unwatched in bins, shelves

By Nikita Biryukov, April 27 2020 6:27 pm

The U.S. Postal Service will be hearing from the state of New Jersey over undelivered mail-in ballots

“While the New Jersey Department of State is reviewing the matter, the Governor’s Office plans to reach out to United States Postal Service leadership immediately to raise delivery issues and ensure all ballots are received by voters successfully,” Murphy Deputy Press Secretary Christine Lee said. “We will protect the security and the integrity of May’s all-vote-by-mail elections just as effectively as our standard elections.”

On Saturday, the New Jersey Globe reported that vote by mail ballots at least two apartment buildings in Belleville were left in bins or on shelves and not placed into voters’ mailboxes.

It’s not clear how many of the 24,261 Belleville voters who are supposed to receive mail-in ballots have been affected by the non-deliveries. According to Census figures compiled in 2010, 49% of the town’s residents live in rental housing, though not all of them live in apartment buildings.

The incomplete deliveries also raise voter fraud concerns.

“Governor Murphy believes it is critical that election security be maintained and that every citizen can participate in our democracy,” Lee said. “If true, these allegations are concerning and solutions will be actively pursued.”

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