Report finds thousands of irregularities among New Jersey voter rolls

Conservatives often find their concerns about election integrity being dismissed by critics. However, new evidence should give those critics reason to reconsider.

According to The Federalist, a watchdog group has uncovered thousands of New Jersey voters who are registered in multiple locations or lack critical information on their profiles. 

Over 8,000 voters are registered in multiple locations

Those were the findings contained in a new report that was released this week by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF).

“New Jersey’s voter registration system, like nearly every other studied by PILF, can be tricked into registering a person multiple times with extremely similar biographical data inputs at the same addresses,” it stated, pointing to 8,239 such cases.

“These serve as an administrative challenge to be resolved as we see more automation to vote-by-mail,” the report went on to state. It explained that “[t]he most common finding type, clerical/typographical error, can be as subtle as transposed letters.”

“As an example, Julia Rose and Juila Rose are the same person, but she has duplicate registrations with unique voter identification numbers,” the report said.

Some active voters died years ago

Another cause for suspicion is the 2,398 registered New Jersey voters who are at or above the age of 105, some of whom are known to be deceased.

They include Patrick DePaola of Bayonne, who was born on July 28, 1905 and first registered to vote on June 2, 1927. DePaola continues to be registered as an active voter in Hudson County despite his obituary saying that he passed away almost a dozen years ago.

Also worrying are the 33,000 voters whose profiles lack a date of birth as well as the over 6,800 records that “do not include an actual date of registration.”

“New Jersey has some explaining to do in how it collects and maintains basic voter information,” PILF President J. Christian Adams was quoted as saying in a press release her group put out on Monday.

“As we have already demonstrated, PILF will pursue available remedies to correct often long neglected government records,” she pledged.

PILF announced last month that it is filing a lawsuit against New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way for “violating the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) for refusing to disclose documentation explaining how election officials resolve duplicate voter registrations.”

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