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Senator Joe Pennacchio Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26)
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September 15, 2020
Pennacchio: Voter Registration Kiosk Inside Emergency Room is Insane

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Says Murphy is Ignoring Logic and Common Sense, and Citizens Should be Allowed to Vote in Person

A recent tweet on Governor Murphy’s official Twitter account promoted in-person voter registration available inside hospital emergency rooms.

Senator Joe Pennacchio called kiosks in hospital emergency rooms to register voters ‘insanity’ and renewed calls for Murphy to allow in-person voting in New Jersey. (Gov. Murphy via Twitter)

“In emergency rooms full of sick patients, the Governor somehow thinks it’s a good idea to urge people to take the time to register to vote, yet he is preventing New Jersey citizens from exercising their constitutional right to vote in a booth in a municipal building,” said Pennacchio. “E.R. waiting rooms are breeding grounds for pathogens and the spread of infection. The insanity of this is shocking. You can’t make this stuff up.”

Murphy’s tweet showed a temporary registration station installed in the E.R. of University Hospital in Newark.

“Even following meticulous social distancing and healthy guidelines, it takes mere moments to vote. Registering to vote is considerably more time-intensive, and applying science and common sense the risk of being infected with COVID or anything else is significantly greater in emergency room environments,” Pennacchio continued. “Murphy’s defiant resistance to in-person voting is a power play and political gamesmanship. It flies in the face of common sense and has nothing to do with public health or science.”

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