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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano 10th District
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Contact: Kate Hirsch / (732) 840-9028
September 18, 2020
10th District Legislators to Governor: “Make This Right, Allow In-Person Voting”

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The 10th District legislators released the following statement urging Governor Phil Murphy to reverse his decision to hold an all vote-by-mail election and allow in person voting this November. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have repeatedly voiced their concerns for the integrity of the upcoming General Election and pointed to the glaring inaccuracies that can occur with mail-in voting.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano urged Gov. Phil Murphy to reverse his decision to hold an all vote-by-mail election and allow in person voting this November. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy, you still have time to make this right. Do it for the people of New Jersey. As citizens we are owed this right. This is one of the worst things we have seen come out of the Governor’s Office in decades and we have seen many bad things. Taking away a person’s ability to vote in the manner they trust is unconscionable.”

The lawmakers noted that voters were not denied the right to vote in person at a polling place at other moments in history when the state and nation were under great stress.

“There have been challenging moments in history, specifically during the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II, when Americans were still able to go to the polls and vote for the candidate of their choice. Here at the Jersey Shore, we even managed to hold an election just days after Superstorm Sandy devastated our communities. If people could manage to go to the polls to vote in each of those extreme circumstance, it’s unbelievable that we can’t allow voters to cast their ballot in a voting booth this November if they feel safe doing so.“

“We’re hearing from many of our constituents that they do not trust mail-in voting. That’s a real problem that the Governor needs to acknowledge. Every election is crucial to upholding the values of this country and we cannot allow any mistakes, especially during this political climate.”

“There’s still time for Governor Murphy to order our polling centers to be opened as usual and to give people the confidence they deserve in our elections.”

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