French Steps In To Prevent Voter Fraud In Asbury Park Elections

Claire FrenchAfter noticing a unusual spike in the request for messenger ballots in the upcoming municipal election in Asbury Park, Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French instituted a requirement that all messengers sign an affidavit certifying that they have met with voters they are assisting;  they are related to the voters or are themselves registered voters in Monmouth County; they will not act as messenger for more than 10 voters; they will deliver the ballots directly to the voters and not to any other individuals; and they are not candidates in the election.

Messengers also certify that they are aware that violating the Voting by Mail statute, which governs messenger ballots, is a crime in the third degree, according to a story first reported by Asbury Park Sun.

Since French started requiring the affidavits on April 17, only 5 of 42 messengers have submitted the paperwork and “almost no new messengers” have requested ballots.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office will investigate messengers who do not return the required affidavits.

Asbury Park elects their entire governing body every four years in non-partisan elections. There are 22 candidates competing for 5 seats on the council in the election scheduled to take place on May 14.

Posted: April 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Election, Asbury Park, Asbury Park Sun, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “French Steps In To Prevent Voter Fraud In Asbury Park Elections”

  1. Barry said at 10:01 am on April 29th, 2013:

    This is another indication why I believe that we (Monmouth County) have the best County Clerk in the State of NJ.

  2. It is time, said at 10:08 am on April 29th, 2013:

    to prevent us frombeco ing like Hudson, Essex or Passaic. Many have seen folks like Acorn recruiting in several towns, since 2008. It is one thing to encourage legal citizens to become informed and engaged, and to exercise their ONE vote. It is quite another when some feel the need to steal elections, bereft of ideas, for selfish purposes, which completely makes a mockery of the democratic republic so many fought and died to give us! We need to send a strong message that such fraud and nonsense will not be tolerated in this county, and we applaud the efforts in Freehold to be sure our elections are free and true.

  3. Edith T. Nowels said at 6:54 pm on April 29th, 2013:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, for speaking out about the silent, sneaky, contagious erosion of that which are service men and women sacrificed, fought and died for. Just look around … happening in many strange places.