Voting in Motown

Can an “observer” just observe voting if  he or she is not a bonafide challenger?

John Sette, the chair of the Morris County Board of Elections, says he will soon get a ruling about that from the state Attorney General.

The issue popped up at a polling place on Speedwell Avenue when a representative of the Tim Dougherty campaign tried to do just that.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

6 Responses to Voting in Motown

  1. kendra says:

    I have a friend visiting right now from Ohio, and he says all the polling places in Ohio had observers during the national election. I guess I don’t see what the problem would be if they are just watching the process?

    In a previous election, I saw a visually impaired voter who brought along a friend to insist that they facilities they had so she could vote privately, as the poll workers wanted her to just let a poll worker go in and push the buttons for her. Maybe all the polling places should have observers or advocates?

  2. Lyle Waggoner says:

    This observer was an attorney who was placed there by Tim Dougherty…who was making an attempt to bully the challenger. I believe the final ruling was that he was not permitted there and then removed. Where is the Politics for Dummies book when you need it?

  3. Traditions says:

    Dougherty has run the sleaziest campaign in Morristown history. He and sleazy nightclub owning buddies and The gift giving Willow Hall developer should feel lucky Christie is not the top cop any more. They would be brought up on charges faster than you can say “illegal mailers, illegal gifts, under the table money and a candidate devoid of a platform and devoid of morals”.

  4. Was it a sleazy lawyer…. Can we all say O’Donnell?

  5. Town voter says:

    They can do what they want.Who will stop them?

  6. A Better World says:

    Gervasio will stop them…and the rest of the residents who are republican and disgusted by this behavior. 1,100 votes in a town of 19,000.

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