TRENTON – Attorney
General Paula T. Dow announced today that
approximately 200 Deputy Attorneys General
(DAsG) will be assigned throughout the state
on Election Day, November 8, to help ensure
a fair and smooth-running election, and
to assist county election officials in resolving
voting-related legal issues.
According to Dow, DAsG from
the Division of Law will be stationed in
each of the state’s 21 counties to
handle any court applications, and to provide
timely legal advice to County Superintendents
of Election and Boards of Election on emergent,
voting-related matters. The DAsG will be
on duty from the time polls open at 6 a.m.
until the close of the polls at 8 p.m.
“As always, our objective
is to protect the right to vote, and to
promptly and fairly resolve any voting-related
legal issues that may arise,” said
the Attorney General.
Dow noted that it is a criminal
offense to solicit or electioneer voters
as they enter or exit a polling location.
She explained that a “protective zone”
extends 100 feet from the outside entrance
of the polling site. Any attempt to interfere
with voters within this area are usually
handled by law enforcement officers from
the appropriate agency.
According to Dow, any persons
who believe their right to vote has been
interfered with, or who wish to report other
voting-related problems, should contact
the state’s hotline at 1-877-NJVOTER.
Members of the public can
also address election-related questions
to their County Superintendent of Election
and county Board of Election. A list of
county-level election office contacts, as
well as other useful elections-related information,
can be found on the Division of Elections
Web site at www.NJElections.org.