Report: Newark planning for voting machines and to distribute duplicate mail-in ballots

The City of Newark and the Essex County Board of Elections are planning a Super Polling Site at the Prudential Center where voters can cast their ballot “the regular way” on November 3. On September 22, the City and the Board of Elections will hold a voter registration drive at the PruCenter “where voters can pick up mail-in ballots if they have not received theirs in the mail,” according to a report at TapIntoNewark. 

These voting procedures, which seem to be contrary to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 177,were announced at a virtual press conference on Tuesday during which Mayor Ras Baraka, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way and Linda Von Nessi, Clerk of the Essex County Board of Elections spoke.

Governor Murphy’s Executive Order provides that all voters will receive a mail-in ballot by October 5. Those who choose to vote at a polling place on November 3 are to fill out a paper provisional ballot which will be added to the total vote count after the Board of Elections in the County where the vote is cast verifies that the voter has not already cast a mail-in ballot.

Giving replacement ballots to voters who claim that they did not receive a ballot in the mail by September 22 is not provided for in Murphy’s Order.

Von Nessi has not yet returned a phone call asking for clarification. This article will be updated if she does call back.

The TapIntoNewark reporter, Mary Ellen Cagnassola , told MMM that she has a recording of the press conference and that she regurgitated the comments of the speakers.

The plan has not yet been approved by the Essex County Board of Elections, “but it is expected to move forward,” according to the report.


As a result of our reporting, TapIntoNewark has updated their article to remove the in person distribution of mail-in ballots on September 22. Here is the original article.

Politico’s Matt Friedman got Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin on the record as saying that in person ballots cast at the PruCenter on November 3 will be paper provisional ballots.

Posted: September 16th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, 2020 Presidential Politics, 2020 U.S. Senate Race, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “Report: Newark planning for voting machines and to distribute duplicate mail-in ballots”

  1. Well now said at 12:03 pm on September 16th, 2020:

    After the Paterson mail in voter fraud, here’s another recipe for a voting disaster.

    The Democrats keep creating opportunities to cheat.

  2. Jose Freiwald said at 1:40 pm on September 16th, 2020:

    The entire state should have voting machines not the bogus mail in make believe to keep us drowning in the deep blue sea of NJ.

  3. Jose Freiwald said at 8:34 pm on September 17th, 2020:

    9-17 is Constitution Day , maybe a NJ holiday, no way, murphy doesn’t know about that, “it’s above his pay grade” his own words. He made another day a NJ holiday, pandering disgrace!

  4. Susan Bayista said at 6:00 pm on September 18th, 2020:

    Murphy should be impeached if we can add that to our mail in ballots, we all should. He is a trouble maker. We need to vote in person. It is an outrage what he is doing.

  5. Susan! said at 6:29 pm on September 18th, 2020:

    Such language!