Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced today that Deputy Attorneys General (DAsG) will be stationed in all 21 counties on Election Day, tomorrow, November 3, to help “ensure a fair and smooth-running election, and to assist county election officials in resolving any voting-related legal issues.”
Hoffman said a total of more than 120 DAsG from the Division of Law will deploy throughout New Jersey 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 the polls open until they close.
“The right to vote is one of the foundations of our democracy, and we are committed to protecting and preserving that right,” Hoffman said in a statement. “By assigning DAsG in every county, we are helping to ensure the integrity of the voting process, as well as the prompt and fair resolution of any election-related legal matters that may arise.”
Hoffman reminded participants that it is a criminal offense to solicit or electioneer voters as they enter or exit a polling location. He noted that this “protective zone” extends 100 feet from the outside entrance of any polling site. Attempts to interfere with voters within this zone are usually handled by law enforcement officers from the appropriate agency.
The Acting Attorney General noted that anyone who believes his or her right to vote has been interfered with, or who wishes to report other voting-related problems, should contact the State’s hotline at 1-877-NJVOTER. Citizens also can address election-related questions to their County Superintendent of Election and county Board of Election.