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Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo. (Photo: Facebook.)

Freeholder proposes outdoor voting in Morris County

Mastrangelo calls Murphy a dictator, says he may join GOP suit on VBM elections

By David Wildstein, August 20 2020 9:34 am

Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo is exploring outdoor voting for the November 3 general election to guarantee social distancing protocols “without infringing on our fundamental right to vote.”

“Morris County can handle its own fair and open elections, in accordance with the law, and does not wish to be under the thumb of our would-be dictator,” Mastrangelo said in a shot at Gov. Phil Murphy.

He said he’s considering joining a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump’s campaign and the state and national GOP challenging Murphy’s executive order mandating a nearly-all vote-by-mail election.

“Looking at the mayhem that happened in Paterson, only a knucklehead would force the entire state to vote by mail,” Mastrangelo said.  “He thinks the virus gives him near unlimited powers to disregard the law and decide for himself when and how the state will conduct its elections.”

If the GOP lawsuit fails, Mastrangelo said he would go one step further and ask County Clerk Ann Grossi to refuse to certify an VBM election.

“The legality of the election would be in question, as would the validity of the ballots,” he said.

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