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June 6, 2011

Office of The Attorney General
- Paula T. Dow, Attorney General
Division of Law
- Robert M. Hanna, Director

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Lee Moore
609-292-4791
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Attorney General Dow Announces Primary Election Safeguards

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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.

“Deputy Attorneys 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 permission.

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.

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