To the Editor:

Several weeks ago, the Tim Pino campaign noted that the state Attorney General and Postmaster General (federal government) were investigating vote by mail ballots that are listed as not being received by the Somerset County Board of Elections, yet members of the public have vouched they did receive and return.

Perhaps what was most surprising was the muted reaction from the public and the Somerset County Board of Elections. In an era where only 20 percent of the public is going to the polls to vote, I must say the public level of engagement is to me personally shocking.

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What does this say of our value for the women who fought to gain this right in 1920? Or our fellow Americans who had to fight abuse by hate groups at the polls and poll taxes? Do we appreciate and value this right that others have fought to give us? I suppose the bigger question beyond this is, can we expect our vote by mail ballots to count in this coming election? Given thousands did not in the primary, regardless of whether you voted in it, the credibility should be questioned. 


Robert Quinn