State Officials Ask for Poll Watchers in Ramapo Ward Vote

State officials released statements on Sunday, urging the town of Ramapo to use poll watchers for the ward votes on Tuesday. Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, and Senator David Carlucci all voiced their agreement that poll watchers will help the vote go smoothly. Zebrowski stated in an email that Ramapo should allow both sides of the referendums to have representation at the polling stations, with Senator Carlucci agreeing, stating that the avoidance of using poll watchers is unfair and goes against the spirit of democracy. Jaffee stated that poll watchers keep the voting process transparent and benefits everyone. Last week a state Supreme Court Justice ordered that poll watchers are only required for candidate elections and are assigned by the party, so there is no need for them in the ward vote, which will be two yes or no votes the first on whether or not residents can choose their representative based on where they live, and the second will increase the number of town board members from four to six. Town Attorney Michael Klein stated that the town is following the law.

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