Yet Another Mail-In Ballot “Mistake” Affects Hundreds Of Republican Voters In New Jersey
(Tea Party 247) – Anxieties and concerns over primary elections and the election in November continue to grow nationwide thanks to Democrats’ calls for 100% mail-in voting and the potential for fraud, tampering, and corruption. These worries have been repeatedly proven to be justified as “mistakes” continue to happen in which Republicans always seem to be on the losing end.
Many New Jersey Republicans in Bernardsville were shocked when they opened their mail-in primary ballots only to discover all the candidates listed were Democrats. Looks like another “mistake” that puts Republicans at a loss, what a coincidence.
The ballots, which are for the July 7th primaries, listed Democrats “from Joe Biden down to dogcatcher” as resident and Republican Karen Gardner said, as reported by NJ Advance Media.
Gardner has been a life-long Republican and is the chairwoman of the Bernardsville Republican Municipal Committee. She was most definitely not expecting her mail-in ballot to list Democrat candidates. She pointed out that the rest of the information on the ballot was correct, saying, “on the upper right it clearly stated it was a Republican ballot and it had my name and correct information on the return envelope.”
Of course, the printing company responsible for the ballots claims the misprinting of the 500-700 Republican ballots was all just “human error,” an innocent mistake. NJ Advance Media has the details:
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.
“It was a misprint,” Fetterly said, whose company serves six New Jersey counties, including Middlesex and Essex. “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.”
The Republicans in Bernardsville are not happy about the mistake and have justifiable concerns that it will undermine voters’ confidence in local elections and will ultimately result in lost Republican votes in this primary.
While the printing company maintains it was just a simple mistake and human error, voters are not satisfied with this lackadaisical response.
“You can’t have printer errors. I think that’s a problem” said Bernardsville’s Republican Mayor Jane Canose, though she did admit that she does not suspect fraud.
Fraud of not, these mistakes just cannot happen come November. Our Democracy literally depends on it.