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Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew Bruck. (Photo: Department of Law and Public Safety).

Bruck issues updated guidance for early voting period

By Joey Fox, October 20 2021 5:27 pm

Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck released new guidance today on voter intimidation and law enforcement involvement in elections; largely the same as previous guidance issued in October 2020, the updated guidance is meant to officially incorporate the state’s new early voting period into its language. 

The guidance is addressed to the state’s police chiefs, sheriffs, and county prosecutors, and reaffirms that the responsibility for maintaining order at polling stations lies with poll workers, not law enforcement, but that law enforcement officers can be called to remove individuals who refuse to comply with election law.

“Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy,” Bruck said in a statement. “We are committed to ensuring that all eligible New Jersey voters can vote without fear of intimidation or coercion – whether they vote in person or vote by mail, and whether they vote on Election Day or vote early.”

Early voting is set to begin this Saturday, and will run for nine days until next Sunday.

October 2021 Election Guidance
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