An elections employee types unopened ballots on the King County Elections headquarters on August 4, 2020 in Renton, Washington.
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New Jersey will send mail-in ballots to all registered voters for the 2020 presidential election whereas nonetheless providing the choice for voters to solid their ballots in particular person, Gov. Phil Murphy mentioned Friday.
“As it relates to mail-in ballots, the good news is in a general election, it doesn’t matter what party you’re in, everybody gets a ballot,” Murphy introduced in a CNN interview. “So we’re going to have a hybrid model in November.”
The Democratic governor’s embrace of a plan for widespread mail-in voting comes as President Donald Trump has aggressively sought to undermine that voting mannequin, claiming that it will lead to huge fraud in spite of assurances from election experts.
While consultants say voter fraud is mostly uncommon, Murphy acknowledged that some “specific” cases of alleged fraud have been seen in his state — notably in an election in Paterson, which Trump has repeatedly claimed is a harbinger of what is to come if common mail-in voting is allowed within the November common election.
But the governor maintained to CNN that “I’m pretty sure we have a higher probability of being hit by lightning than we do uncovering voter fraud.”
New Jersey applied the “hybrid” mannequin for its July main elections amid the coronavirus pandemic, as many citizens who would in any other case vote in particular person had been anticipated to avoid polling stations for worry of contracting or spreading the illness. More than 5.2 million Covid-19 instances and at the very least 167,200 deaths have been reported within the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University.
“We mailed ballots to folks who were registered in either party, we mailed applications to those who weren’t and we also provided in-person voting capacity,” Murphy mentioned.
“It was a success. Not perfect, but overwhelmingly a success. And so we’re going to announce, not to break too much news here later today, that we’re going to extend that model into the general election in November.”
Murphy mentioned that “if you do vote in person, you’ll have to do what we call provisional voting, because the folks won’t necessarily know at the voting location whether or not you actually already mailed a ballot in. That’s what we did in the primary, little bit more cumbersome but it works.”
An official account of the Republican National Committee appeared to criticize Murphy’s feedback by highlighting his admission that New Jersey noticed some proof of alleged fraud in current elections.
The Garden State will be part of a handful of others already planning to mail ballots out to voters. The Trump marketing campaign has sued at least one state, Nevada, after its governor signed into legislation a plan for statewide mail-in voting.
The White House declined to remark. Representatives for the governor’s workplace and the Trump marketing campaign didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s requests for touch upon Murphy’s remarks.
Democrats say they’re way more probably than Republicans to vote for president by mail, according to a new Change Research/CNBC poll of probably voters in battleground states.
The ballot, which was performed between Friday and Sunday and surveyed 2,701 probably battleground voters, discovered 64% of Democrats saying they anticipated to vote by mail, in contrast with simply 14% of Republican respondents and 36% of independents. The ballot has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 share factors.