New Jersey officials have alerted residents that mail-in ballots may have been destroyed in a fire.
A USPS truck broke down due to mechanical problems in Morris Township. The mechanical problems resulted in a fire, burning all the mail inside the truck.
An urgent notice was sent to residents in Morris Township, warning that if they voted by mail, their ballots may have been destroyed.
Mail-in voting has become the center of controversy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Trump and other leaders have warned that mail-in voting could potentially result in ballot harvesting and voter fraud.
While Democrats have fought back and defended mail-in voting, the reality is that requiring voter ID in-person is probably one of the safest ways to ensure the integrity of our election.
Multiple things can go wrong with mail-in voting… even ballots being burned in mail trucks.
More details on this stunning case below:
Ensuring the integrity of our election is of the utmost important.
After three years of investigating alleged Trump-Russia interference, no proof of collusion was discovered.
You would think that Democrats would want to make the election as secure as possible by requiring voter ID and asking that people vote in person.
The case in New Jersey proves that so many unexpected things can go wrong with mail-in voting.
Local NJ News confirms the story:
Vote-by-mail ballots may have been on a U.S. Post Office vehicle that caught fire in Morris Township last weekend, officials said.
Mail en route to 91 addresses on six streets was on the vehicle when it experienced mechanical problems and caught fire on Saturday afternoon, Post Office spokesperson George Flood said.
In an “urgent notice to voters living in Morris Township,” the Morris County clerk’s office posted the 91 addresses and advised any registered Democrat or Republican who did not receive a vote-by-mail ballot — or any unaffiliated voters who did not receive a vote-by-mail application — to contact the clerk’s office at 973-285-6066.
New Jersey’s primary election is on July 7 and will be mostly vote-by-mail, due to the coronavirus pandemic, though all 21 counties will offer some in-person polling places.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.
However, it is unclear what impact, if any, this will have on the results of the election.
The primary was initially scheduled for June 2 but was rescheduled into July for COVID-19.
There's been widespread debate about the rates of fraud that occur with mail-in voting.
Proponents say that it's safe and that there's "no evidence" of widespread fraud.
Opponents of mail-in voting, however, warn that it often leads to ballot harvesting, which has multiple documented cases of ballot tampering.
Fox News has more details on the New Jersey incident as well as Trump's warning over mail-in voting:
The Morris County Clerk’s office reportedly posted an “urgent notice” to voters living in the area, and posted addresses mail was being delivered to, advising any registered Democrat, Republican, or unaffiliated voters who did not receive a vote-by-mail ballot to contact the clerk’s office.
New Jersey’s primary election is slated for July 7, after being postponed from its original date of June 2. The election will be mostly vote-by-mail due to the coronavirus pandemic. New Jersey officials, though, told NJ.com that all 21 counties in the state will offer some in-person polling places.
For months, President Trump has railed against efforts by Democrats and some Republicans to allow more people to vote by absentee ballot in the general election, to avoid health risks associated with voting in-person at polling stations amid the coronavirus pandemic. His reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee earlier this year launched a multimillion-dollar legal push to squash moves by Democrats to expand ballot access.
Election experts do say that voting by mail is more susceptible to fraud than casting a ballot in person, but they’ve seen no evidence of widespread fraud or that absentee balloting favors Democrats. But the massive increase in absentee balloting places an extra burden on already stressed-out state and county election officials and on a U.S. Postal Service facing financial and manpower deficits.
By a 59-38 percent margin, registered voters questioned in a Quinnipiac University national poll released last week said that all voters in the U.S. should be allowed to cast ballots by mail in November due to coronavirus health concerns.
But the survey indicated a sharp partisan divide, with 90 percent of Democrats – and 57 percent of independents – supporting increased balloting by mail, and nearly three-quarters of Republicans opposed.
Regardless of what you think about mail-in voting, requiring Voter ID in person dramatically reduces the risk for fraud.
By requiring Voter ID, we're able to add an extra layer of protection that ensures only eligible American citizens vote for the highest office in the land.
After 3 years of investigating Russia-Russia-Russia, you'd think the Democrats would be more on-board with protecting our elections!