A resident of Passaic County, Ramona Javier made the same complaint.
“We did not receive vote by mail ballots and thus we did not vote,” she stated in Spanish. When she was presented with an official list of some of the people who voted in her neighborhood – where her name was also on that list —, Javier stated ”This is corruption. This is fraud.”
According to Javier, there are eight relatives and immediate neighbors she knows that were listed as having voted but who sustain that they never received ballots. One of Javier’s relatives says she had been in Florida for weeks.
The local councilman, Luis Velez, acknowledged that a dozen of similar cases have taken place in his ward.
“Where is the democracy in this? Where is the fair process?” Velez stated.
Corruption continues to be a major issue regarding vote-by-mail election taking place across Paterson, New Jersey — the third largest city in the state.
NBC New York highlighted some questionable video footage that surfaced of voters carrying multiple ballots:
Videos are surfacing online of a single voter carrying numerous ballots. Postal workers were seen leaving some ballots sitting out in building lobbies. And hundreds of filled out ballots were found by postal workers in single mailboxes in Paterson, suggesting a possible vote bundling operation which election experts say is a crime. In one case, officials said more than 300 Paterson city ballots were found in a single mailbox in an entirely different town: Haledon.
According to a county spokesperson, more than 800 mail-in votes were cast in one of New Jersey’s largest cities.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy did not cover the specific problems taking place in Paterson during his Wuhan virus news briefing on May 13, 2020. When asked about corruption issues when dealing with the statewide vote-by-mail election, Murphy said, ”It is too early to give you a full answer.”
One candidate in the area, Ramon Joaquin, said that the Board of Elections was not being transparent about how officials were going about in eliminating votes. “The 800 votes should be counted or the names of the people whose votes were suppressed should be released.”
NBC New York also noted the following:
Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh has voiced concern ballot-stealing operations may have been underway in some wards, and he said so-called ballot stuffing appeared to be a big problem. The mayor called on law enforcement authorities to investigate. Also calling for a criminal investigation was council candidate Frank Filippelli. He said he was also aware of voting problems he believed were criminal across the city.