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Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Monmouth GOP suit seeks to reinstate postmark requirement for late-arriving ballots

By Nikita Biryukov, September 25 2020 4:29 pm

The Monmouth County Republican Committee sued the state Thursday, asking the courts to strike a provision allowing mail-in ballots that reach election officials in the 48 hours after polls close to be counted regardless of whether they bear a postmark.

The suit, first reported by More Monmouth Musings, also seeks to force Secretary of State Tahesha Way to issue guidelines for security of mail-in ballot drop boxes set up around the state. Further, the filing asks the courts to force Way to say tell election boards how they are to determine whether a voter has a disability.

Only voters with disabilities will be able to cast their ballots using a voting machine. All others wishing to vote at a polling place will be given a provisional ballot.

Codifying legislation passed after the Trump administration sued the state in a bid to nix New Jersey’s all-mail election requires Way establish such standards.

The MCRC’s suit follows the Trump suit on 48-hour late-arriving ballots. Like the Trump campaign, Monmouth Republicans argue the provision contradicts federal statues requiring congressional and presidential elections take place on one day.

The suit was filed by Jason Sena of Freehold’s Cutolo Barros law firm.

MCRC v. NJ Sec of State & MC Bd of Elections 9.24.20 (PDF) (1)
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