Ballot probe launched in Atlantic City

June 4, 2009 6:27:34 AM PDT
Elections officials say the New Jersey attorney general's office has opened an investigation into a flood of absentee ballots used in this week's Atlantic City election.

County officials rejected about 45 percent of the applications for so-called messenger ballots, designed for the sick and shut-in. There were 874 such ballots sought in Atlantic City. In contrast, Newark, the state's largest city, had only 23.

County Clerk Ed McGettigan and elections superintendent John Mooney tell The Press of Atlantic City that investigators from the attorney general's office subpoenaed them and the entire Board of Elections to appear before a grand jury later this month.

The attorney general's office would not comment.

Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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