Update: The rally on sponsored by The LWV of the Montclair Area and the NAACP on 7/1 has no connection to Renee Baskerville, and Baskercille is not a co-sponsor with League of Women Voters or the NAACP, Elizabeth Milner, President of League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area states.
“For 100 years, the LWV has worked hard to maintain a reputation of non-partisanship. Our release clearly states we are not disputing the May 12 election, but are concerned that every vote will count from now on.”
The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area and the NAACP of Montclair LWV are holding a joint rally outside of Montclair’s Municipal Building (205 Claremont Ave.) on Wednesday, July 1, at 10 a.m.
The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area and the NAACP of Montclair are holding the event to press for changes to avoid mail-in votes being uncounted again and they are committed to overcoming barriers to voting and ensuring that every vote is counted, especially in the upcoming primary and general elections.
This is not a statement about the election results, but rather an attempt to call attention to the vital issue of voting rights, the groups’ state in a joint release.
Separately, Montclair’s 4th ward Councilor Dr. Renee Baskerville has also expressed concerns about voting by mail- both in the future and in regards to what she states are 1086 votes not counted in May 12th Montclair Municipal election.
“We need to make sure that every vote is counted going forward but we also need to encourage Governor Murphy to take executive action to give back to those who voted in the May 12th Municipal Election the most powerful weapon in our participatory democracy…every vote cast should be counted,” says Dr. Baskerville. “When in doubt about the status of votes cast, the state of NJ must err on the side of participatory democracy and the voters.”