New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is defending his recent executive order to make the November election a virtually all mail-in one.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Murphy was pressed on the new policy, “We’ve got enough experience to believe, between the option to vote by mail, to drop your ballot in secure boxes that we’ll have all around the state, to show up actually on election day and hand your ballot, or failing all that to actually vote in person. It’s a hybrid model, actually. We think based on our experience, especially from this primary, the system is going to work for us.”
When pressed on reported issues with mail-in voting in the state’s primary last month, Murphy said, “I’m not suggesting you always bat a thousand, you don’t do that with in-person elections either.”
“Our goal is to expand democracy, and we believe this is the right way to do it,” he added.
He also addressed the fact that four individuals were charged with voter fraud after a local election n Patterson, New Jersey.
He claimed it was a positive sign that the individuals were charged, “Some guys tried to screw around with the system. They got caught by law enforcement. They’ve been indicted. They’ll pay a price.”
“So I actually have some optimism from that that actually people tried to screw with the system, and they failed,” he said.
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Murphy was also asked about the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) warning that there is a chance it will not be able to deliver ballots on time for the election. He said he “unequivocally” supports providing more funding for the USPS.
Additionally, he said his state would extend the deadline for ballots to be delivered to ensure votes are not invalidated due to delays in delivery.