As Gov. Phil Scott contemplates a bill giving Secretary of State Jim Condos carte blanche to run first-time-ever universal vote-by-mail general election in November, the early returns from a similar election in New Jersey are not encouraging.
"The attorney general’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability (OPIA) began a probe after the Postal Inspection Service issued the warning. Paterson authorities decided to conduct the May 12 special election through mail-in ballots due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reportedly killed more than 124,000 people in the U.S. Only 13,557 of the 16,747 vote-by-mail ballots in Paterson were counted, a local NBC affiliate in New York reported in May. More than 800 ballots in Paterson were invalidated for appearing in mailboxes tethered together. One mailbox reportedly had hundreds of ballots tied together. The board of elections disqualified another 2,300 ballots after concluding that the signatures did not match voting records."
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