New Jersey politics isn’t known for probity, but at least today it offers a useful warning to the nation. Four men are accused of committing fraud last month in the city of Paterson’s entirely vote-by-mail municipal elections. For one reason or another, county election officials have thrown out about 20% of the ballots submitted.

With nearly 150,000 people, Paterson is the state’s third-largest city. Its May 12 local elections were conducted wholly by mail. Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order in March saying that…



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