County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey together with Middlesex County Freeholder
Director Ronald G Rios, announced today that the Prosecutor’s Office in
collaboration with the Middlesex County Board of Elections, as well as the 28 police
departments throughout the county will be participating in an anti-election
fraud campaign entitled “VIP – Voter Integrity Program.”
campaign was initiated by Middlesex County officials in an effort to protect
the election process from illegal interference. The primary goal of VIP is to
discourage fraud, as well as targeting for prosecution those who illegally
interfere with the voting process.
“The goal of this anti-fraud
campaign is to ensure that Middlesex County voters have confidence in the
election process, and to see that every valid vote counts.” said
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.
He further stated that, “While the mail-in ballot process is an
improvement to our election system, there is new potential for fraud which we
will aggressively investigate and prosecute.”
County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios supports the program’s efforts to
increase public awareness and encourage residents to take an active role in
helping protect the election process.
Director Rios stated, “The VIP – Voter Integrity Program will ensure
that we can all trust in the security of our voting process.”
County officials recognize that working together with our community has often
led to preventing and solving all types of crimes. Likewise, the public can also provide valuable
information regarding election fraud during election time. Remaining vigilant to unscrupulous fraudsters
will help keep our community safe.
Voters should be aware that when completing a vote-by-mail
application, any person aiding them must complete the “Assistor” section, and
voters must designate any person serving as an authorized messenger by
completing the “Authorized Messenger” section of the application. A Messenger shall be a family member or a
registered voter of this County. No
Authorized Messenger can be a Candidate in the election for which the voter is
requesting a Mail-In Ballot or serve as messenger for more than three qualified
voters per election.
who opt for a vote-by- mail ballot should be very wary of anyone who is not their properly authorized assistor or
messenger and offers to fill in their ballot for them.
who suspects voter fraud at the polls, with their vote-by-mail ballot, or has
related information regarding a possible crime, is encouraged to contact their
local police department or Middlesex County Detective Stephanie Redline at (732)
In addition, tip
information may also be provided anonymously by calling 1-800-939-9600 or
submitted online at www.middlesextips.com. Tips may also be sent by text messaging 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword: “midtip” followed
by the tip information.