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Camden GOP Chairman Rich Ambrosino

Camden GOP calls for investigation into pre-checked VBM applications

By Nikita Biryukov, May 18 2020 2:52 pm

Camden County Republican Chairman Rich Ambrosino called on the Department of State to investigate mail-in ballot applications sent by the Camden County clerk that Ambrosino said pre-checked a box telling officials to send a vote by mail ballot every year.

“For nearly a month, before the Governor issued the Vote-by-Mail executive order, I have been fielding phone calls from voters asking what they should do with VBM applications they received that already have ‘all future elections’ checked,” Ambrosino said. “Many of these callers understand they’re going to have to cast their ballot via vote-by-mail for the upcoming primary, but they do not want to vote in all future elections by mail.”

If a voter is sent a mail-in ballot but wishes to vote at the ballot box, they must do so by casting a provisional ballot.

“It’s time the State Division of Elections launches an investigation, determines how many voters have inadvertently signed up to vote in all future elections by mail and rectify the problem,” Ambrosino said. “Our candidates may have been right when they suggested the remedy is to re-send unchecked applications to every voter who returned the pre-checked applications, allowing individual voters to decide in which elections they wish to vote-by-mail. Doing nothing just adds to the perception that we live in a corrupt county.”

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