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State Sen. Michael Testa. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Testa doesn’t like Murphy’s all-VBM general election plan

Senator: ‘New Jersey isn’t ready to pull off an election of such consequence by mail in a way that will ensure that every voter’s ballot is properly counted’

By David Wildstein, August 14 2020 2:03 pm

New Jersey isn’t ready for a statewide vote-by-mail general election in a presidential election year, State Sen. Michael Testa, Jr. (R-Vineland) said today.

“Allowing people to spend five or ten minutes casting their ballots in person to protect the integrity of a presidential election doesn’t seem like such a great risk,” said Testa. “They spend more time waiting to check out at the supermarket. Governor Murphy should do the right thing and let people cast their votes however they feel safe, including in a voting booth.”

Testa, who is also the Cumberland County GOP Chairman, claims Murphy’s plan will create unnecessary confusion.

“If our experience with the July vote-by-mail primary is any guide, New Jersey isn’t ready to pull off an election of such consequence by mail in a way that will ensure that every voter’s ballot is properly counted,” the freshman senator said.

Testa said he’s heard multiple instances of voters learning their ballots arrived too late to be counted, even though they mailed them on time.

“Is this the kind of doubt and confusion the governor should be injecting into a presidential election? There’s absolutely no need for that,” Testa said.

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