I sincerely credit Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Jim Schroeder for condemning the excessive vote by mail ballots in Atlantic City and Pleasantville. These questionable tactics have created significant problems in the past.

Below is a statement on vote by mail ballots in Atlantic City and Pleasantville by Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Jim Schroeder.

I have submitted an OPRA request to the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office and the Atlantic County Board of Elections to find out who was responsible for delivering the substantial number of vote by mail (VBM) ballots in Atlantic City and Pleasantville in the November 4, 2014 general election. Submission of these ballots changed the outcome of the Pleasantville School Board election and is an unfortunate reminder of similar problems of absentee and messenger ballot abuse in these communities about ten years ago. No one wants to revisit this period where one election after another raised serious questions about voter fraud and seriously underminded public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process.

 

"I am concerned with both the number of vote by mail and messenger ballots and questionable voting patterns in the VBMs in both Atlantic City and Pleasantville. While Democrats were generally getting eighty percent or better of the machine vote in both communities a very different voting pattern occurred with the VBMs that supported the Calloway slate of candidates in both Atlantic City and Pleasantville. Approximately eighty percent of these votes were cast for the Republican candidates for Congress, Sheriff and Freeholder. Was this due to coincidence or was there something more sinister involved? What occurred with VBMs and messengers in the days and weeks leading up to the November 4th election raise questions that need to be addressed:

 

Who was behind these activities?
Were these ballots obtained honestly and legally?
Were any of the voters who cast these VBMs coached or coerced?

 

By first learning who was involved we can begin to get some of these questions answered."