Click here for background information on CFPA's voting security efforts. At the top of that page, you'll see a Letter to the Editor written by Stephanie Harris, Chair of our Voting Security Task Force, and our Executive Director, the Rev. Bob Moore, regarding this year's Iowa caucus fiasco.
Click here for a great op-ed in the Trenton Times by Mary Pat Gallagher, a law and policy analyst at the New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center.
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. In fact, NJ has been appropriated $11 million by the federal government for election security. This could almost cover the total cost of transitioning the entire state to optical scan and hand marked paper ballots.
The Legislature has failed to act, 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
Speaker of the NJ Assembly Craig Coughlin
569 Rahway Ave
Senate President Stephen Sweeney
935 Kings Highway
West Deptford, NJ,08086
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 Andrew Koontz