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A secure ballot drop box in Middlesex County, New Jersey.

N.J. Attorney General says electioneering next to secure ballot drop boxes is ok

AG’s office: ‘Ballot boxes are not polling places. They are more akin to mailboxes’

By David Wildstein, October 05 2020 9:38 pm

The New Jersey Attorney General’s office told county election officials today that campaign workers can stand next to secure ballot drop boxes and electioneer.

“Ballot boxes are not polling places. They are more akin to mailboxes.  Therefore, there is no Title 19 protective zone from electioneering around the ballot box,” election officials were told.

All drop boxes are protected against tampering and have 24-hour video surveillance,” Secretary of State Tahesha Way said on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on 77 WABC.

“It comes down to whether voter interference/intimidation is occurring,” the attorney general’s office said.  “You should advise your local police of planned rallies/demonstrations and notify law enforcement if there is any interference/intimidation happening.

New Jersey state law bars electioneering within 100 feet of the outside entrance of a polling place.

Voters who witness voter interference or intimidation should contact the New Jersey Election Hotline at 1-877-NJ-VOTER  (1-877-658-6837) or the U.S. Attorney’s Office Election Hotline at 888-658-6837.

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