Attorney General Announces Election Day Safeguards

TRENTON – Approximately 200 Deputy Attorneys General (DAsG) will be assigned throughout the state on Election Day, Nov. 8, to help ensure a fair and smooth-running election, and to assist county election officials in resolving voting-related legal issues, Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced today.

According to Dow, DAsG from the Division of Law will be stationed in each of the state’s 21 counties to handle any court applications, and to provide timely legal advice to County Superintendents of Election and Boards of Election on emergent, voting-related matters. The DAsG will be on duty from the time polls open at 6 a.m. until the close of the polls at 8 p.m.

“As always, our objective is to protect the right to vote, and to promptly and fairly resolve any voting-related legal issues that may arise,” said the Attorney General.

Dow noted that it is a criminal offense to solicit or electioneer voters as they enter or exit a polling location. She explained that a “protective zone” extends 100 feet from the outside entrance of the polling site. Any attempt to interfere with voters within this area are usually handled by law enforcement officers from the appropriate agency.

According to Dow, any persons who believe their right to vote has been interfered with, or who wish to report other voting-related problems, should contact the state’s hotline at 1-877-NJVOTER.

Members of the public can also address election-related questions to their County Superintendent of Election and county Board of Election. A list of county-level election office contacts, as well as other useful elections-related information, can be found on the Division of Elections Web site at .

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