Former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno tweeted on Sunday evening that her son, a U.S. Air Force officer currently deployed in South Korea, “just got a mail-in ballot in New Jersey.”
The story was first reported by the digital news site SaveJersey.
Active military officers are entitled to cast their votes by e-mail, but since a ballot was mailed to him at the family residence in Monmouth Beach, he will be ineligible to vote that way in the November 6 mid-term election.
Guadagno, who also served as New Jersey’s top election official during her eight years as Secretary of State, is questioning whether he son “has been disenfranchised under the new law.”
Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill in August that requires county clerks to automatically send a vote-by-mail (VBM) ballot to anyone who requested one in the 2016 presidential election. The move has caused some confusion among election officials statewide.
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon said she agreed with Guadagno.
“(The) new law is a mess and ill-conceived,” said Hanlon, whose office handles the mailing of all ballots, in a tweet responding to Guadagno. “Tons of ballots coming back to us as undeliverable. Waste of $$ and time, not to mention voter confusion, anger and voters feeling disenfranchised.”
Hanlon said her office would help any voter who needs assistance voting.
“No one is talking about the fact that we will not likely have results on Election Day,” said Hanlon. “Mail in ballots can now be accepted two days later (as long as post marked on Election Day). Could be many thousands across the state.”
The New Jersey League of Women Voters tweeted that they would reach out to election officials on Monday to help Guadagno’s son.