Assemblywoman Joan Quigley tosses a red herring into the 4th ward election toxic fraud mix
Assemblywoman Joan Quigley wrote a letter to the Hudson Reporter printed this past weekend on the matter of Hoboken’s fourth ward special election defending vote by mail. It should be noted her 32nd District does not include any part of Hoboken. Her letter follows:
Now that the Hoboken 4th Ward election is over, I must release some of my simmering anger about statements made by some candidates and their supporters, as well as actions taken by some bloggers implying that casting a vote by mail is inherently suspicious. As the sponsor of the legislation in New Jersey that expanded and encouraged the use of vote-by-mail ballots, I am personally offended; and as someone who believes strongly in democracy, I am outraged. Since 2003, the use of vote-by-mail ballots in New Jersey has doubled. Only 2.5 percent of ballots were cast by mail that year. But in 2008, that number had jumped to 5.7 percent, according to state records. Other states have used mail-in ballots for years, and New Jersey was somewhat behind the times until 2005 when the “no excuses” law enabled voters to request mail-in ballots without giving any reason for not wanting to vote in person at a polling place. In New Jersey, those numbers are expected to continue growing as people’s lifestyles change. When anyone can work, shop, bank, and attend college from home, there is simply no reason to require them to schlep to a poll and stand in line to cast a ballot. People are working longer hours, pursuing studies and athletic activities, ferrying youngsters around, taking care of elderly relatives, and carrying out a million other chores. And we all know weather affects turnout. Sending ballots to voters’ homes, where they can make informed decisions at leisure and in privacy, is an almost ideal situation. Unfortunately, actual voter fraud is attempted everywhere and should never be condoned. However, people – in Hoboken and elsewhere – who cared enough to obtain and utilize a mail-in ballot should be applauded and emulated, not intimidated or castigated. Regardless of which candidate you voted for, I express my personal thanks to everyone who voted. If you voted by any method at all, you are a good citizen.
Joan M. Quigley
Assemblywoman District 32
Talking Ed Note: One can only imagine what prompted the Assemblywoman to submit her “simmering anger” red herring on an election in Hoboken having no bearing on her assembly district. What comes to light this Wednesday afternoon at the Hudson County Board of Elections should make both her and Assemblyman Ruben Ramos take pause on the public stance they’ve taken on Hoboken’s fourth ward special election. Then it should be followed with accountability for lowering a statewide office for the cause of? What’s the cause again?
In the November special election, Tim Occhipinti’s obvious vote by mail operation padded his machine vote by almost 50% not including the almost 100 ballots tossed aside by the County. Certainly the vast number of those were intended for Occhipinti too. Does this stunning fact give the Assemblywoman pause? That and “The Anomaly” well should.
On Wednesday at 4:00 pm, additional illumination on the matter of illegal electoral actions should come to light with anticipated multiple criminal referrals made to the county prosecutor. Those details should it include actual vote buying will prove to be very interesting, to say the least. Such electoral fraud most assuredly should not be “applauded and emulated.” (Da Horsey doesn’t like red herrings in the stable so in protest returns it in kind.)
MSV has been consistent in sounding alarm about concerns for electoral fraud in the fourth ward special election. As the evidence mounted beyond a mathematical certainty or frankly common sense, it’s puzzling to hear voices defending voter’s rights including the option to vote by mail as if that is the issue at hand.
It most certainly is not.
If the Assemblywoman is truly interested in a Hoboken council election, perhaps she or her representative will attend the developments to be made public this Wednesday at 4:00 at the Board of Elections in Jersey City to experience first hand what a true outrage in democracy really is. MSV cordially invites Assemblywoman Joan Quigley to voice her outrage here, there and elsewhere.
So save some outrage for Wednesday Assemblywoman. It’s going to be needed.
|Assemblywoman Joan Quigley at a HUMC board meeting|
MSV intends to attend the Wednesday Board of Elections meeting in Jersey City and encourages other concerned Hoboken residents to do so.
When: Wednesday at 4:00 pm
Where: Hudson County Board of Elections, Hudson County Plaza, 257 Cornelison Ave. 4th floor – Jersey City
Why: The subject of fraud in Hoboken’s 4th ward special election earlier this month
For those who can’t attend, MSV plans to tape the entire proceedings.
It will also be broadcast live here.