Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) wants New Jersey to immediate steps to plan for in-person voting for the November 2 general election, calling on the state to transition Election Day poll workers from elderly retires to young college students.
“I don’t see how waiting on a relatively short line at a polling booth is more dangerous than waiting on a long line at a motor vehicle center or the supermarket,” DeCroce said.
DeCroce cited criminal charges filed against two Paterson city council candidates who allegedly tampered with vote-by-mail ballots for the May 12 municipal election as one of the reasons why the state should return to in-person voting.
“We have seen that mail-in balloting is ripe for abuse, mistakes, voter fraud and corruption in New Jersey,” DeCroce said. “New Jersey cannot conduct a proper Presidential Election that will have the confidence of the voters if the state insists on banning voters from the polling booth. Once we lose the trust of the people in our democratic election process, we lose democracy.”
State Sen. Michael Testa, Jr. (R-Vineland), the co-chairman of President Donald Trump’s New Jersey campaign, has been leading the call for in-person voting this fall.
The Morris County Republican, who spent 21 years as the Roxbury municipal clerk, acknowledges that the tradition model of poll workers might be tougher to recruit during the coronavirus pandemic.
“With colleges reopening for the fall semester with a combination of in-person and virtual study programs, the state has an opportunity to reach out to students and recruit them to be poll workers,” said DeCroce.
The Election Day gig pays $200.