Barnegat Committee Pushes for In-Person Voting


Barnegat Township has joined quite a few municipalities all through the point out to permit in-human being voting for the Nov. 3 Basic Election.
In a resolution adopted by the township committee Sept. 1, officers state that the follow of predominantly using mail-in ballots for all registered voters has induced concerns for voter fraud, voter disenfranchisement, postal supply delays, considerable boost in election charges, and reliance on a flawed statewide voter/DMV laptop registration database and resulted in sizeable delays in the counting of ballots.
“Numerous voters have expressed a desire to hold out until Election Working day to forged their ballot electronically, in-human being, for the prospect of their preference to absolutely evaluate the newest information accessible,” the resolution suggests. “The Barnegat Township Committee is gravely anxious that the predominant use of mail-in ballots in the course of the 2020 Major Election was difficult at best and represents but a little fraction of the ballots to be solid when in comparison to the future Standard Election.”
In summary, the committee opposes the predominant use of mail-in balloting in the Nov. 3 election and in all long run elections.
Very last month, a related resolution was adopted by the county board of freeholders. The freeholders had pointed out as Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-house executive orders have been lifted and some accumulating quantities have elevated, opening more polling destinations and letting for in-human being voting should really be authorized.
“Even though the principal way to vote in this year’s Main Election was by mail-in ballot as purchased by the Governor’s Government Order, above 188,000 voters statewide even now went to the limited number of polling sites to forged their ballot,” mentioned Ocean County Clerk Scott Colabella at that time. “In Ocean County, that number was much more than 12,000 voters.”
Barnegat Mayor John Novak said the appropriate to vote in-particular person “warms the soul of an American citizen.”
“Getting to the polling location and casting your vote should really make you feel happy to be an American,” he said.
For the duration of community reviews, resident Angelo Costanzo mentioned he “resented this suitable currently being taken away.”
“If people today can go to the supermarkets and protest, we must be ready to vote in person,” he reported. “We can exercise social distancing at the polls like we do in daily existence.”
Mainly because committee meetings are not held in individual, Costanzo experienced emailed his responses in advance of time to Township Clerk Michele Rivers, who browse them aloud.
One more resolution adopted by the committee phone calls for Ocean County representation on the condition Board of Community Utilities. Now, the board is produced up of reps from Essex, Camden, Morris, Somerset and Bergen counties.
The resolution notes that Ocean County has a year-spherical population of of 600,000 residents, which improves to 1.2 million individuals all through the summer months.
“Ocean County has seasoned quite a few major ability outages more than the previous quantity of a long time which has set the wellbeing, security and welfare of the people of Ocean County at danger,” the resolution suggests. “Lengthy electric power outages not only threaten the safety of the people, it also hurts our companies and tourism.”
The committee also mentioned that Ocean and Monmouth county freeholder boards not long ago petitioned the point out to provide representation from people counties on the board, and that Barnegat “fully supports their requests.”
The committee also adopted a resolution recognizing the Barnegat Law enforcement Department for its endeavours for the duration of the pandemic. According to the resolution, the office was the initially agency in Ocean County to publish a pandemic reaction strategy in anticipation of the COVID 19 pandemic.
“That program has been greatly adopted and utilized for assistance for municipalities through Ocean County and the Condition of New Jersey,” it states. “The reaction approach was a single of the very first ideas in the point out to be created readily available for distribution by the Condition Office environment of Crisis Management.”
The committee claimed that at the height of the outbreak, when 1000’s of police officers throughout the point out experienced analyzed favourable for COVID-19 and had been quarantined, Barnegat’s proactive tactic to hazard mitigation guarded the workforce from attrition.
“To date, thankfully, not a solitary Barnegat Township police officer has tested beneficial for COVID-19,” the resolution suggests.
In summary, the resolution “recognizes and commends the Barnegat Township Law enforcement Office for their tireless attempts for the duration of the COVID 19 pandemic, and that the township thanks the police section for their professional-active approach in safeguarding them selves and the safety and welfare of the residents of Barnegat.”
— Eric Englund
ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

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