In New Jersey, apparently democrat election officials are leaving nothing to chance… or they are simply too stupid to do their jobs.
At least 30 percent of republicans voters were mailed primary ballots that only featured democrat candidates. This is the second such ‘mistake’ made by the liberal state.
Upwards of 30% of all Republican voters in one New Jersey borough recently received Democratic primary ballots, a mix-up officials blamed on the printing company used to manufacture the forms.
As many as 700 registered Republicans in Bernardsville, New Jersey said they received ballots in the mail marked “Republican” but which listed only Democratic candidates.
The candidates on the lineup were “all Democrat from Joe Biden down to dogcatcher,” one resident said, according to NJ.Com.
Officials had reportedly shopped out production of the ballots to Reliance Graphics, a company “devoted exclusively to printing and mailing election ballots.” Normally the county handles the production of those ballots in-house; officials contracted with Reliance this year due to the state’s order that every voter receive a mail-in ballot while the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Residents received corrected ballots, and the mistake ballots will be voided, according to county authorities.
Karen Gardner was perplexed when she received her mail-in primary ballot. As a life-long Republican voter and chairwoman of the Bernardsville Republican Municipal Committee, Gardner wasn’t expecting to find a list of Democrats inside the envelope.
“The slate of candidates was all Democrat from Joe Biden down to dogcatcher, but on the upper right it clearly stated it was a Republican ballot and it had my name and correct information on the return envelope,” Gardner said.
Of the 2,400 registered Republicans in Bernardsville, 500 to 700 of them received erroneous mail-in ballots, listing the Democratic candidates instead of the Republicans.
Gardner brought the issue to the Somerset County Republican Organization on June 13. The organization’s chairman Al Gaburo notified the county clerk who promised to remedy the mistake.
The error originated with Reliance Graphics, Inc., the printing company which sent out Somerset County’s ballots. Normally, the county clerk’s office prepares the ballots themselves, but shopped the task to Reliance this year because of Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order that every voter receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the delayed July 7 primary election.
“If we had had a greater lead time when we were sending out these ballots, we would have been able to do the ballot insertion in-house and this error would have been caught,” Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter said.
Corrected ballots with a slip explaining the error were sent back out to all 2,400 Bernardsville Republicans on June 16. The erroneous ballots will be voided, and even so, Republican voters cannot cast votes for Democrats in a New Jersey primary. Reliance will swallow the reprinting and postage costs, at no added expense to taxpayers, Peter said.
Peter said that there was no issue with the PDF proof Reliance sent over before the ballots were mailed or with the ballots sent to the clerk’s office for distribution. Bob Fetterly, the president of Reliance, called it a human error, but would not elaborate on what exactly happened or why the error only affected 500 to 700 Bernardsville Republicans.
Bernardsville Republicans are displeased with the mistake and think it will undermine voters’ confidence in local elections as well as lose Republican votes in this primary.
There has been widespread anxiety about the 2020 election due to allegations of voter suppression and foreign interference in 2016. The coronavirus has interrupted in-person voting, adding additional strain on elections.