Republicans across the state pressed Gov. Phil Murphy on his decision to pivot to only voting by mail in the Garden State, arguing there was no reason to ban in-person voting for those who wished to.
Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-26) was one of the leading voices arguing against denying residents in the state the ability to vote in person, arguing it was nonsensical to allow lines at Motor Vehicle Commission but not at polling places.
“I along with my collogues have introduced a viable option to institute early voting to take pressure off of the polls on election day while allowing voters to cast their ballot in a voting booth,” she said.
Against the Switch to Mail-In Voting
DeCroce denounced the Aug. 14 decision made by Gov. Murphy to conduct the vote primarily via mail-in ballots. On Aug. 27, the Legislature affirmed the decision, despite moves by New Jersey’s GOP to utilize an early voting proposal.
Under the program, every registered voter with receive a blallot with prepaid postage in the mail. The items simply need to be returned via mail or brought to a polling location on Election Day.
Despite her opposition to the plan, DeCroce noted the importance of citizens’ responsibility regarding the election. “Whether vote-by-mail or in-person I strongly encourage each and every New Jerseyan to cast their ballot this November,” concluded DeCroce.
Aligned with O’Scanlon and DiMaso
DeCroce was not alone in denouncing Murphy’s plan, with State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) calling upon the Murphy to allow in-person voting for New Jersey residents, provided they submit their sealed mail-in ballot to poll workers.
“The administration claims that residents can still vote in person should they wish, but they must vote by provisional ballot since there is no way to ensure that a resident has not already submitted their mail-in ballot,” said O’Scanlon. “That is rendered false should a voter present their sealed, mail-in ballot at the polls on election day.”
“We’ve been vocal about the fact that we very strongly believe in-person voting can safely be conducted but we’re at the point where it is clear the Governor and majority are not going to allow that to happen,” said Dimaso.