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Passaic elections superintendent asks for court order to retrieve poll books

By Joey Fox, November 05 2021 2:34 pm

Passaic County Superintendent of Elections Shona Mack-Pollock locked hundreds of electronic poll books inside voting machines on Tuesday; now, she’s asking for a court order to get them back out again.

The poll books, which are new technology for the state as of this election, are meant to be secured and transported in designated carrying cases, but Mack-Pollock said the vendor supplying the cases to Passaic County could not deliver them in time for the election. 

Thus, Mack-Pollock made the decision to store the electronic poll books in the back of the voting machines themselves. But state law requires that voting machines be locked for a period of 15 days after the election unless ordered opened by a Superior Court judge, prompting Mack-Pollock’s request for a court order to open them earlier.

On November 10, her request states, “the Passaic County Superintendent of Elections, witnessed by two bi-partisan Commissioners of the Passaic County Board of Elections, [will] open the voting machines and retrieve the electronic poll books used in the November 2, 2021 general election, at no cost to the candidates participating in the election, so that those electronic poll books may be accounted for and secured.”

The outcome of the case, which is set to be heard on Monday, won’t impact election results themselves. The proceedings are another sign, however, that the state’s many election divisions are still adjusting to new technology and procedures launched this year.

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