New Jersey Email ballot fail

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

I warned you this was a bad idea. Buzzfeed reports Email Voting Fails Some New Jersey Residents:

New Jersey's last-minute offer of email voting to displaced residents was greeted by concern by security experts, who warn that email offers a fast track to voter fraud.

But
the system may have another problem as well: County election
administrators are, according to anecdotal reports, simply not
responding to all requests for ballots. In two major counties, the email
address advertised on the website of the county clerk is not even
accepting email.

The email address listed on the website of the Morris County Clerrk, asmith@co.morris.nj.us, is not receiving email. Nor is the email, info@essexclerk.com, listed on the website of the Essex County Clerk, info@essexclerk.com and the County's site. (The Essex County Clerk posted to his Facebook page Monday that voters could email requests to his personal Hotmail account.

Oh hell no! Ballot decisions left to this clerk from his personal account?! No chain of custody.

Jason Tanz, a Wired Magazine editor who lives in Essex County,
told BuzzFeed he filled out a ballot application, set it to the clerk
— and received no response. He called twice and emailed, he said, — only
to find that the email address was bouncing.

"If you're going to
do something like this, you have to do it right," Tanz said in an email.
"This was obviously a rush job, and I'm sure thousands of people won't
be able to vote because they couldnt figure out where to send their
applications, and couldn't get anyone to tell them.

"It's really
maddening," he said. "I've sent in my application three times now, and I
still don't know if I'm going to get a chance to vote tomorrow."

And
New Jersey residents in areas where email addresses are technically
working may also be having problems. Kiersten Mahon, who evacuated
Rumson in Monmouth county for the Washington, DC area forwarded BuzzFeed
emails showing she had submitted her application for an absentee ballot
to her county clerk at 1:45 p.m. As of near-midnight Monday — hours
after the 5:00 p.m. deadline to apply for a ballot, she had received no
response.

This is going to lead to post-election investigations, audits, and lawsuits.

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