October 13, 2016
HAZLET – Following a report in the Asbury Park Press that voters throughout Monmouth County are having their Vote By Mail ballots returned, Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal announced that he will be exploring legal options and called on voters throughout the county to refuse to be intimidated by the chaos and confusion being created as a result in advance of Election Day.
“We have run a vigorous Vote By Mail program so that Monmouth County voters without transportation or the ability to vote on November 8th would be able to make their voices heard against candidates Donald Trump, Shaun Golden, Rosemarie Peters, Tom Arnone, Serena DiMaso and their entire team. As the Monmouth County Republican Chair, Shaun Golden has publicly stood in silent support of Trump for months, even as he denigrated veterans and seniors and escalated his racist and misogynistic rhetoric day after day. Now, with just days remaining before Election Day and people across Monmouth County casting their votes, thousands may be disenfranchised.
The inexplicable inability of the County Clerk Christine Hanlon’s office to properly design the Vote By Mail envelopes, even after being informed of the problem as far back as June, has already caused chaos and confusion among voters that will only heighten as we approach Election Day. While we will be exploring all legal options, we are also imploring Monmouth County voters to not be intimidated by this latest development and to immediately inquire into how they can make sure their votes count in this important election.”
Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden, previously labeled “a strong leader” by County Clerk Christine Hanlon, is on this year’s ballot for re-election as County Sheriff.