Guilty Plea in New Jersey Absentee Ballot Case

In three weeks, the people of New Jersey go to the polls to elect a new Governor, among other offices. A new poll out today shows that the race could be very close, and we could be headed for a recount. This is a clear case in which every vote will count.

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That’s why it is so interesting to note that yesterday Ronald Harris, a Democratic campaign worker from Atlantic City, plead guilty to “third-degree conspiracy to commit absentee ballot fraud,” according to New Jersey Newsroom. Looks like he’s talking too:

In pleading guilty, Harris admitted that he conspired with others involved in Small’s mayoral campaign to submit false documents related to the procurement, casting, or tabulation of messenger absentee ballots in the primary.

The indictment reads like directions for how to steal an election that comes down to one vote. For example, open up absentee ballots and destroy the ones that aren’t for your candidate. Again, from the NJ Newsroom:

They allegedly picked up sealed absentee ballots from voters, unsealed them and, if they were votes for mayoral candidates other than Small, destroyed them, thereby disenfranchising those voters. If they were votes for Small, they allegedly resealed them and submitted them as votes.

In a state as notoriously corrupt as New Jersey, what are the odds that every vote will be counted on election day? Not likely if Mr. Harris’s buddies are running get-out-the-vote for Jon Corzine …