Feds investigate 3 NJ towns where ID was requested at polling places
MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing complaints received from voters in three towns claiming they were asked to show identification at certain polling places.
Procedures used Tuesday at polling places in Edison, New Brunswick and Perth Amboy are being reviewed by federal officials, Jim Vokral, administrator at the Middlesex County Board of Elections told NJ.com. Poll workers at some locations in those municipalities allegedly requested ID from voters with limited English skills, the article states. Vokral told NJ.com that workers might have asked for identification when they were unable to understand the voters when they said their names at the sign-in tables at polling places.
According to the New Jersey Voter's Bill of Rights, there are certain instances when poll workers are authorized to request identification from a voter. For example, ID can be requested from those who voted by mail after Jan. 1, 2003 and have never voted in a federal election in that county. Also, voters who failed to fill out certain sections of the of the New Jersey voter registration form can also be asked for identification.
Vokral told NJ.com that the Justice Department is expected to release a report with its findings in about a month.
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