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For Immediate Release:  
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April 29, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General


Tracy Munford
609-341-3235 or


Absentee Ballots, Voter Rights and Voter Fraud to be Discussed at Atlantic City Forum on Wednesday, May 4th
Public is Invited to Learn More on Their Rights and Responsibilities

On Wednesday, May 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. the State of New Jersey will host a forum for the public, law enforcement representatives and election officials to discuss voter rights and responsibilities regarding absentee ballots, voter rights and voter fraud. The forum will be held at the Atlantic County Administration Building, 1333 Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City.

The forum is part of the State’s continuing efforts to engage in voter education and outreach to encourage qualified citizens to participate in the election process. The forum is part of the “Be Powerful, Be Heard” initiative that was developed as a result of the federal “Help America Vote Act of 2002.

According to New Jersey election officials, the forum will primarily focus on the absentee ballots process. Absentee ballots (absentee ballot application) are available for voters who are not able to be physically present at polling places on Election Day to cast their vote. Absentee ballots are a critical component of the electoral process. In recent years, public reports of alleged irregularities regarding use of absentee ballots has warranted closer scrutiny of how these ballots are handled and underscores the need for voter education and discussion on this issue, according to election officials.

The forum will include a panel discussion and questions and answers. Participating in the panel discussion will be New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey; Chief of Staff of the Office of the Attorney General; Atlantic County Board of Elections; Freeholder Board and Prosecutor’s Office; Atlantic City Mayor Langford, and municipal representatives from Pleasantville.

For more information about the program, call Kathleen Brannigan at 609-341-3234.

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