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On February 27th, A4619 was introduced by Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio (D15) and Assemblymen Andrew Zwicker (D16), Reed Gusciora (D15) and Daniel Benson (D14). This legislation, if passed, would require new voting machines to produce a “paper record of each vote cast, which shall be made available for inspection and verification by the voter at the time the vote is cast, and preserved for later use in any manual audit.”
We opposed (S92), which was substituted for (A2815) because it permitted overseas voters to register or request ballots for ALL elections and it allowed overseas voters to vote in ANY election. Although the bill passed the Assembly, Governor Christie issued a conditional veto on December 5, 2016, noting among other things:
- An endorsement of the language that expands the definition of overseas voters to include spouses, civil union partners, domestic partners and dependents of military service members as well as foreign-born United States citizens;
- Concerns with the bill’s proposal to permit all overseas voters to vote in New Jersey state and local elections regardless of the intention to return to the United States.
- Concerns that the bill would provide “virtually unfettered discretion to local election officials to determine which mistakes, omissions, and technical errors disqualify an election document.”
- The bill, as written, would allow the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot to simultaneously be used by an overseas voter to register to vote, apply for a ballot and to case a vote, creating a significant administrative burden and the potential for voter fraud.
Governor Christie’s recommendations for S92 were unanimously adopted by the Senate on February 13, 2017.
A4188/S2713 would permit a voter to take a photograph of own voted ballot and share it on Internet-based social media. In addition to submitting a memorandum, which outlined our concerns and detailed our opposition to this legislation, Jerry and Dale met with Senator Bateman (one of the many sponsors of the bill) in November and he agreed to hold his version of the bill. Unfortunately, its companion, (A4188), passed the Assembly Committee unanimously.
Legislation requiring State to reimburse counties for portion of holiday pay to county employees performing State services on certain holidays: On February 13, 2017, (A1965) sponsored by Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D29) was released by Assembly State and Local Government Committee by a vote of 3-2, with Assemblymen MIchael Patrick Carroll (R25) and Jay Webber (R26) voting in opposition of the bill. Its counterpart, (S513), sponsored by Senators Teresa Ruiz (D29), Brian Stack (D33) and Sandra Cunningham (D31) was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee on June 16, 2016. Both bills are currently being reviewed by both the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committee.
AJR59/SJR37 sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon (D27) and Senators Chris Bateman (R16) and Jim Whelan (D2) reintroduced for the 2017 election cycle. On February 13, 2017 the bill was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Assembly Bill A-3591 which allows 17 year olds to vote in the Primary if they turned 18 in time for the General Election was vetoed by the Governor.
Assembly Bill A-1944 which required the MVC to automatically register motorists to vote was conditionally vetoed by the Governor.
S-3170 / A-4768 was signed on January 19, 2016. This bill “Requires county superintendent of elections to operate pursuant to county administrative code; subjects certain salary costs of office of county superintendent of elections to review and approval by county governing body.”
S-3168 / A-4769 was signed into law on January 19, 2016. This bill limits the increase in annual budget requests of certain county entities.