Natasha Marchick v. Middlesex County Board of Elections

In January 2013, the ACLU-NJ filed suit on behalf of Plaintiff, Natasha Marchick, whose provisional ballot was rejected by the Middlesex County Board of Elections. Ms. Marchick completed a voter registration change of address form as part of the Rutgers University Student Association’s voter registration drive. When she arrived to vote at her designated polling site, Ms. Marchick was told that she was not in the poll books and was given a provisional ballot which she filled and submitted. Her vote was not counted and lost her appeal to the Middlesex County Board of Elections because the tie-breaking vote advised that she would have needed to show evidence that the board received her registration. The ACLU-NJ argues that there is no statutory provision requiring that a person filing a completed registration form or submitting a form on behalf of another registered voter receive a receipt for that filing. Marchick’s vote should have been counted because she provided enough evidence to the Middlesex County Board of Elections to verify that she had submitted a voter registration form.

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