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Amol Sinha, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

Voting rights groups laud Murphy’s hybrid primary plan

By Nikita Biryukov, May 18 2020 12:55 pm

Three voting rights organizations lauded Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan for a hybrid primary in July on Monday.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey celebrated the state’s plan to send mail-in ballots to at least 5.7 million voters in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at the ballot box.

“In these extraordinary times, maintaining and expanding access to the ballot are urgent, and we applaud Gov. Murphy for taking steps to safeguard the health of our democracy and the public health of our state,” said ACLU-NJ Executive Director Amol Sinha.  “As the pandemic exacerbates racial injustices across many fault lines, we must take measures to ensure the most fundamental rights are protected, particularly for communities of color who have been routinely disenfranchised since our founding.”

Under Murphy’s plan, every registered Republican and Democrat in the state will receive a mail-in ballot, while unaffiliated voters will receive a mail-in ballot application.

Postage for both ballots and applications will be prepaid, and at least one polling place in each municipality will remain open.

“We applaud the steps Governor Murphy has taken to protect both public health and democracy,” said Jesse Burns, executive director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. “Now, we must remove remaining barriers to the ballot and ensure that every vote counts.”

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