NJ attorney general keeping a keen eye on Tuesday’s vote
The New Jersey Attorney General's Office will send out more than 120 deputies Tuesday to help monitor the statewide election, in all 21 counties.
Acting State Attorney General John Hoffman said the deputies will have a presence anywhere voting is taking place in New Jersey, "making sure that they are there to provide legal advice to the counties if there are any voting-related issues coming up."
Hoffman said dispatching the deputies will ensure it is a smooth and fair election, and will affirm that the state is doing everything it can to protect the integrity of the voting. He said deputies will tackle any court applications, and advise election superintendents and boards of election from county to county.
"We want to make sure that nobody is disenfranchised," he said. "I am not saying there is going to be anything criminal in any nature. But sometimes, there are issues that come up that require (the deputies') advice, and sometimes there are questions that need to be answered and problems with their registration or something of that nature, and they are there to make sure that all of the right rules are being followed."
In Hoffman's eyes, voting is one of our most important rights as citizens.
"At the same time, we want to make sure that the election is fair, and make sure we preserve the integrity of the election process," he said.
Hoffman said anyone who believes they are seeing a voting violation may call the hotline that will be set up, 1-877-NJ-VOTER.
"If you see something at a polling place that seems odd or aberrant, make sure, there is usually a director for each polling place, someone who is in charge," he said. "Make sure that you go to that person, if you are in a position to report that to the county board of elections, you should report it directly to the county board of elections."
Joe Cutter is the afternoon news anchor on New Jersey 101.5.