GCGOP Chairwoman Vigilante Heads To Court To Stop County Democrats Scheme To Disenfranchise Republican Voters
Board of Elections releases ballot drop box locations and polling places without meeting with Republican commissioners
MULLICA HILL – Gloucester County Republican Chairwoman Jacci Vigilante and Gloucester County Board of Elections (BOE) Commissioners Carmen DiNovi and Dave Ferrucci asked for “injunctive relief” in Gloucester County Superior Court on Friday.
Several issues pertaining to the upcoming general election have come to light that forced Chairwoman Vigilante and Republican BOE Commissioners DiNovi and Ferrucci to file with the court. First, the Board of Elections, without input or consultation of the Republican Commissioners, devised a plan for the placement of ballot drop box locations. Second, the proposed, unapproved plan was released to the Gloucester County Democrats who advertised the locations in a September 5 Facebook post. Third, the Board of Elections, without input or consultation of the Republican Commissioners, has proposed opening far fewer than 50% of its county-wide polling places in violation of Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order.
“Both, the law and Governor Murphy’s executive order 177, are clear, you cannot place, open, publish or utilize any ballot drop box or polling location which has not been approved by the Board of Elections.” Jacci Vigilante said, “No plan can be approved by the Board without input from all four Commissioners and the Republican Commissioners were left out of the process.”
Vigilante continued, “Somehow the Gloucester County Democratic Committee became aware of the ballot drop box location plan and posted that plan on social media on September 5 at 8:58AM. One has to wonder how the county Democrats could be aware of a plan that was never approved.”
“The plan released for ballot drop box locations concentrates five drop boxes within ten miles of each other in the northern part of the county and another five within ten miles of each other along the 322 corridor, all in towns with higher concentrations of Democratic voters.” Vigilante added, “The plan leaves Harrison and East Greenwich, both with populations of 10,000 or more, with no ballot drop box locations. These towns also happen to have heavy concentrations of Republican voters.”
“It’s obvious the Superintendent of Elections along with the two Democrat Commissioners on the Board of Elections devised a scheme to suppress Republican votes. Even worse, they hid that plan from Republican Commissioners, leaked it to the Democratic party and then tried to ram it through.” Vigilante said, “Voter suppression will never be tolerated and I am happy to go to court and fight against it.”
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