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Hundreds of Republican voters in a New Jersey community received mail-in ballots for a July 7 primary featuring only Democratic candidates, according to reports over the weekend.
NJ.com reported that between 500 and 700 Republicans out of 2,400 registered GOP voters in Bernardsville got the Democrat-only ballots.
“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,” said Karen Gardner, the chairwoman of the Bernardsville Republican Municipal Committee.
Gardner brought the issue to the attention of Somerset County Republican Organization on June 13. Al Gaburo, the group’s chairman, then notified the county clerk, who pledged to rectify the situation.
According to the website, the clerk’s office blamed the printer:
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 told the news outlet.
Peter said that corrected ballots with an insert detailing the mistake were summarily sent back out to all Bernardsville registered Republicans June 16. The mistaken ballots will all be voided, he added, noting that Republicans cannot vote for Democrats in the state’s primary anyway.
According to Bob Fetterly, president of Reliance Graphics, called the mistake “a misprint” and “human error.” But Peter said there weren’t any issues with the PDF of the ballot the company sent to his county clerk office prior to the printing. It also wasn’t clear how only about 500-700 GOP ballots were affected rather than the entire batch.
“Human error. We mailed over 1.5 million ballots in the last couple of weeks and 500 went astray. So we apologized for it, but it was a human error… we had a success rate of 99.99 percent,” Fetterly said.
Bernardsville Republicans told NJ.com the ‘error’ will undermine voter confidence in the November elections.
“You can’t have printer errors. I think that’s a problem,” Bernardsville’s Republican Mayor Jane Canose told the news outlet, adding that she did not suspect ballot fraud.
However, others have voiced major concerns regarding the potential for vote fraud in all-mail-in-balloting, which is what Democrats are pushing for ahead of the 2020 election, using the lingering coronavirus pandemic as justification for getting rid of in-person voting.
But, as Bongino.com’s Matt Palumbo reported in May, one expert notes that it is “fair to assume” that in California, at least, illegal aliens will receive ballots after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared this year’s elections will only be held via mail.
“This is really where the left shows a level of hypocrisy, which they’re not regularly held to account,” Government Accountability Institute Research Director Eric Eggers said. “What if the ballots go to illegal immigrants that willingly or unwillingly ended up on the voter rolls and maybe they just don’t even know they’re not supposed to be casting ballots? Because remember, elsewhere in California and elsewhere nationally, it is legal for noncitizens to vote in certain local elections.”
In fact, most Americans remain suspicious of mail-in-balloting only for elections, believing that they will undoubtedly increase vote fraud.
Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed by Just The News and Rasmussen Reports (62 percent) said they believe mail-in balloting will increase voter fraud.
Others argue that voter registration rolls are so out-of-date and ill-kept that, too, invites fraud.