Morris Dems Will Use Online Voting For Sunday’s Convention

Morris Dems

Sunday’s Morris County Democratic convention is still on – sort of.

In response to coronavirus fears, Democrats will vote on-line instead of gathering in Parsippany as originally planned.

“It’s the last thing I want to do,” said Chip Robinson, the county chair. He said he’s organizing an on-line convention on the advice of health professionals.

And there’s a lot to organize.

The race of significance is a three-way contest among Cliff Dawkins, Jeff Grayzel and Rupande Mehta for the party’s endorsement for state Senate in the 25th District.

Robinson’s first task is putting together the on-line voting system. Two votes may be needed, given the fact the winner must garner a majority. If that doesn’t happen, the low votegetter will be out and a second vote will be held between the top two.

When that’s over, Robinson’s next task may be harder – bringing his group together.

This has been an acrimonious campaign, especially when you consider that only a few hundred people will vote – essentially county committee members and Democratic elected officials from a district that covers about half of Morris and one town – Bernardsville – in Somerset.

Robinson said Thursday that he’s been troubled by the negative tone of the campaign.

That tone has included an off-the-wall Internet video criticizing Grayzel and Mehta, anonymous letters and a plea by Black Lives Matter Morristown that voters do not support Grayzel.

Robinson said he’s told the candidates they are responsible for what others do on their behalf, even if they’re not specifically doing it themselves.

The obvious concern for Robinson is the general election against incumbent Anthony M. Bucco.

Democrats have been doing better of late in Morris County, but to win a state legislative election they certainly need a united front.

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