(FreedomJournal.org)- The Democrats simply cannot get away with claiming that mail-in voting is safe. There is already a wealth of evidence showing how universal mail-in ballots could leave the November election wide open to fraud and abuse, but the news from New Jersey that a fresh election for the Paterson City Council seat must be held again because of mail-in fraud is particularly damning.
State Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela ordered a fresh election on Wednesday after the winning of the election, along with another elected official, were charged with voter fraud. Judge Caposela said that the election was not “fair” or “free” and that it did not show the “full expression of the intent of the voters.”
Mayor Andre Sayegh defended the decision on CNN, saying it was the “right ruling” and that the last election “as fraught with fraud.”
“The City will comply with the judge’s decision and we created the Mayor’s Election Awareness Team to preserve the value of the vote in Paterson,” he said.
An investigation into the integrity of the election was held after postal workers found hundreds of mail-in ballots bundled together and left in a mailbox. A press release from the state of New Jersey said that four individuals were charged in the voter fraud cause. They include Abu Rayzen, a 21-year-old from Prospect Park, and Shelim Khalique, a 51-year-old from Wayne. Councilman-Elect of Paterson’s 3rd ward, Alex Mendez, was also charged, along with Paterson’s 1st Ward Councilman and Council Vice President, Michael Jackson.
Reports in June said that some 16,747 mail-in ballots were received in the election, but only 13,557 of those votes were counted. Some 800 ballots were found to be “Improperly bundled in mailboxes” and some 2,390 ballots had signature discrepancies.
What does this tell us? Well, it shows that activists can take simple measures, like bundling papers together, to keep them from being counted. It also shows just how many people are willing to try and game the system, as many of those signature discrepancies are not going to be innocent.
How can the Democrats still claim that mail-in voting is safe when this keeps on happening?