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

Testa urges in-person voting for November races

By Nikita Biryukov, July 13 2020 1:16 pm

State Sen. Michael Testa (R-Vineland) urged in-person voting be an option in November after last week’s primary elections failed to go off without a few hitches.

“The many failures of New Jersey’s vote-by-mail scheme, including voter fraud and errors in counting ballots, are on full display and must not be repeated,” said Testa, the co-chairman of Donald Trump’s New Jersey campaign.  “Our upcoming general election is too important to entrust to a broken vote-by-mail system. Ensuring that future elections are held in-person will restore New Jersey’s election integrity and voter confidence in our democracy.”

There’s little evidence of voter fraud in Tuesday’s contests, though an all-vote-by-mail election in May saw federal and state authorities investigate over voter fraud concerns. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in late June accused Paterson Councilman-elect Alex Mendez and Councilman Michael Jackson of tampering with mail-in ballots to secure their seats.

More recently, more than 1,000 ballots cast in Atlantic County were disqualified because the machines used to count them read a fold as a filled bubble.

“It was hypocritical for the governor to force people to wait in long lines outside crowded MVC agencies while simultaneously saying it was too dangerous to let them quickly cast a vote at a local polling center,” Testa said. “We continue to see story after story detailing how New Jersey’s flawed vote-by-mail process continues to be wrought with errors. There’s absolutely zero excuse to not let voters cast their ballots in-person through the proven process that everybody trusts.”

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