Organizations Sue, Try to Force State to Fix Problems with Vote-by-Mail Signature Verification

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

“Signature comparison is not a science,” said Paul Smith, vice president of the Campaign Legal Center. “Even if it was, election officials are not trained handwriting experts. The current system produces many incorrect mismatches, which result in eligible voters having their ballot thrown away. These errors —which disproportionately affect those with disabilities, the elderly and non-native English speakers —must be fixed with urgency during this critical election year.”

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