TRENTON – Attorney
General Paula T. Dow announced today that
approximately 100 Deputy Attorneys General
will be deployed throughout the state on
Primary Election Day, June 7, to ensure
a fair election.
General will be stationed in each of the
21 counties on Primary Election Day,”
said Dow. “They will be there throughout
the day to help county election officials
resolve any polling place or voting-related
legal issues that might arise. We are committed
to ensuring that the rights of every eligible
voter are protected.”
Deputy Attorneys General
from the Division of Law will be on duty
from 6 a.m. until the close of the polls
at 8 p.m. to handle any court applications,
and to provide timely legal advice to New
Jersey’s County Superintendents of
Election and Boards of Election on emergent,
voting-related legal matters.
Attorney General Dow noted
that it is a criminal offense to solicit
or electioneer voters as they enter or exit
a polling establishment. She added a “protective
zone” extends 100 feet from the outside
entrance of the polling place. Any attempts
to unlawfully interfere with voters within
this area are usually handled by appropriate
law enforcement officers.
Voters who vote by mail-in
ballot should be aware that they have the
right to fill out their ballots in private,
and that no one has the right to vote for
them, or take their ballots from them without
Dow said anyone who believes
his or her voting rights have been interfered
with, whether voting in a polling place
or by mail-in ballot, should immediately
contact the state hotline at 1-877-NJVOTER
or (609) 599-6877.
Members of the public can
also address election-related queries to
their County Superintendent of Election
and county Board of Election.
A list of county-level
election office contacts can be found on
the Division of Elections Web site at www.NJElections.org.
The Web site offers useful information about
the voting process and voting rights. In
addition, those who wish to provide information
concerning accessibility of specific polling
sites for the disabled can do so by filling
out an online feedback form.