WSJ: Possibility of Absentee Voter Fraud Looms in NJ Governor’s Race

Posted on November 2, 2009


From a John Fund opinion piece at the Wall Street Journal. It looks like the Democrats will do whatever they can to assure a Corzine win:

Plenty of reasons exist for suspecting absentee fraud may play a significant role in tomorrow’s Garden State contests. Groups associated with Acorn in neighboring Pennsylvania and New York appear to have moved into the state. An independent candidate for mayor in Camden has already leveled charges that voter fraud is occurring in his city. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party in New Jersey is taking advantage of a new loosely written vote-by-mail law to pressure county clerks not to vigorously use signature checks to evaluate the authenticity of absentee ballots, the only verification procedure allowed.

Over 180,000 absentee ballot request have been received, 3000 of which don’t have matching signatures to the voter registration records.  Yet a lawyer for the Democrat Party wants these requests to be honored anyway:

Yet citing concerns that voters would be disenfranchised, Democratic Party lawyer Paul Josephson wrote New Jersey’s secretary of state asking her “to instruct County Clerks not to deny applications on the basis of signature comparison alone.” Mr. Josephson maintained that county clerks “may be overworked and are likely not trained in handwriting analysis” and insisted that voters with suspect applications should be allowed to cast provisional ballots. Those ballots, of course, would then provide a pool of votes that would be subject to litigation in any recount, with the occupant of New Jersey’s highest office determined by Florida 2000-style scrutiny of ballot applications.

This comes after fourteen people were indicted in September on conspiracy to commit election fraud with absentee ballots in Atlantic City, and five people were indicted in Newark, in August, on election fraud charges using absentee ballots .

Read the whole article from the WSJ.  With ACORN being involved in the balloting process, the outcome doesn’t bode well for Mr. Christie.

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