The New Jersey GOP State Chairman and former Senate candidate Bob Hugin is calling on Attorney General Matthew Platkin to investigate irregularities in the midterm elections.
Election officials in Mercer County said a programming glitch caused all voters to have to cast paper ballots. Dominion, the manufacturer of the voting machines, and the vendor hired by the county to print ballots, have pointed fingers at each other.
Calling the episode “an embarrassment for our state,” Hugin is demanding to know the cause of the problem, and who is responsible for it.
“The public has still not been informed how Mercer County election officials, whose legal duty it is to ensure every voter’s constitutionally protected right to cast a ballot, allowed this calamity to occur,” Hugin said in a letter to Attorney General Matthew Platkin. “Voters deserve a swift and comprehensive response to the questions of how this problem was allowed to occur after Mercer County just purchased new voting systems in 2021, what the specific error or oversight was, how it came to exist and a detailed explanation of the chain of custody of all ballots, some of which were initially misplaced.” Hugin also asked Platkin to explain how some ballots were found on the floor.
Hugin also demanded that Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration be held accountable and slammed Murphy for leaving a Republican election post vacant for nearly a year – something that might have provided a bi-partisan check and balance over the process.
Election Day issues caused a delay in the counting of votes and triggered a one-week delay in runoff elections.