If you live in Minnesota, as I do, this story has a depressingly familiar ring: “Democrats Ask New Jersey Secretary of State to Ignore Mismatched Signatures on Absentee Ballot Requests.”
The state received about 150,000 absentee ballot applications this year. On about 2,300 of those applications so far, the signature on the request form did not match the signature on the voter’s registration forms with the state.
In a development that is depressingly predictable, the New Jersey Democratic Party is asking the state to provide provisional ballots for all these voters. Those ballots, could, presumably, be used to overcome any narrow lead by Republican Chris Christie over Democrat Jon Corzine on Election Day.
A mass distribution of provisional ballots, at the request of a political party, would represent a significant change from established law.
It’s a sad reality of our contemporary politics: If an election is close enough, the Democratic Party will steal it.