As we head into the most consequential election in our lifetime, New Jersey is one of just five states that will still be voting on insecure electronic machines, which can be easily hacked and can’t do a recount of a contested race. These aging machines have been easily compromised in tests by computer experts and are at the end of their useful lives.
Voting experts and common sense agree that election systems that use voter-marked paper ballots are the most secure and guarantee that in the event of a close race or allegations of manipulation, there can be a meaningful recount. That’s why 45 states now vote that way.
Despite indicating on a signed candidate questionnaire in 2017 that Gov. Phil Murphy supported New Jersey using voter-marked paper ballots counted by optical scan machines for the entire state, he has yet to take such action. Click here to write him an email urging him to back up that statement of support!
The estimated cost for this change would be only 1/10 of 1% of the state budget. The Legislature has failed to act on bills that would fund such a transition, and most counties remain unresponsive in the face of a potential 2020 voting crisis. There could be a number of very close races. The window of opportunity to act is rapidly closing!
It is time for voters to urgently demand that New Jersey move to hand marked paper ballots, which could be quickly counted by optical scan machines. There also needs to be audits of representative samples of the votes, and ballot marking devices for the disabled in time for the June Presidential Primary.
Voter marked paper ballots are the most efficient, least expensive, and most secure voting system, when coupled with a post-election random audit.
Take any or all of the actions below TODAY, before it’s too late!
Call (or write) to demand immediate funding for hand marked paper ballots, optical scan machines, and ballot marking devices for the disabled.
Gov. Phil Murphy
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, NJ, 08625
If you live in Mercer County, make the contacts below:
Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes
640 S. Broad St.
Trenton, NJ, 08650
Mercer County Chair of Freeholders John Cimino
Speaker of the NJ Assembly Craig Coughlin
569 Rahway Ave
Senate President Stephen Sweeney
935 Kings Highway
West Deptford, NJ,08086
Voting is our most sacred right in a democracy, and we must be sure that every vote is cast as intended and counted as cast. Act now to secure our elections!