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Statements on vote-by-mail general election

By David Wildstein, August 14 2020 4:34 pm

REPUBLICAN STATE CHAIRMAN DOUG STEINHARDT

“The Governor’s Executive Order on vote by mail is characteristically weak and ineffective. It fails to address the glaring issues that surfaced in Paterson or July’s primary, like voters receiving multiple ballots, human error, outdated voter rolls, and fraud.  The NJGOP will not sit idly while Phil Murphy tramples Americans’ most fundamental right: voting. If casinos can open for in person gambling and illegal immigrants can stand in line for driver licenses, New Jersey voters can vote in person. Every option is on the table and we are actively pursuing all of them.”

STATE SENATOR STEVE OROHO, ASSEMBLYMEN PARKER SPACE AND HAL WIRTHS

“This shouldn’t be mandated. It should be up to individual voters to decide. If they want a mail-in ballot they can ask for one, and if they want to vote in person, they shouldn’t be prohibited from doing that. Even top health experts stated there’s no need not to have in-person voting. And other regional states, including Connecticut, have shown in-person voting can be done safely.  Plain and simple, this is abuse of power. Once again, the Governor is unilaterally changing election law with the stroke of his magic pen. That’s precisely why the emergency powers must be rescinded. One person changing the election statute by himself is ridiculous. Let’s respect the election process and not look to politicize it for any perceived electoral advantage.”

SENATE MINORITY WHIP JOSEPH PENNACCHIO

“We’ve gone through the Civil War, two world wars, natural disasters and depressions and we’ve always managed to vote in person.  More than anything else, this is political.  You can stand in line at the MVC and Home Depot with no problem at all, but we’re going to prohibit in-person voting. Even Dr. Fauci is onrecord saying there is no reason people can’t vote in person.  This is a unilateral decision by the Governor.  Our freedoms are being erased by executive decision, with no rationale, no discussion with the Legislature, and no regard to individual preferences. This is too much power for one person.”

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