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S647 – Expansion of the MIB application

Signed into law by Gov. Murphy on August 10, 2018 and this legislation permits, among other things, “registered voters to receive mail-in ballots automatically for all elections under certain conditions.”  The law also changed the voter registration and mail-in ballot application.  Both forms were updated by the State DOE.  The new voter registration forms are dual purpose and can be used as both a voter registration and a mail-in ballot application.

A3463 – Voter Total Counts at the Polls

On August 24, 2018, Gov. Murphy signed this bill which requires district boards of election to publicly display a notice containing the number of voters who voted at each election district, indicating the number of voters who voted using a voting machine and the number of voters who have voted using a provisional ballot.

A2014 – Automatic Voter Registration at DMV

Signed by Gov. Murphy on April 17, 2018, is legislation that automatically registers or updates voter registration as part of driver’s license application or renewal for any eligible person.  Additionally, the bill expands automatic voter registration to any other state agency that collects proof of voter eligibility, as verified by the Secretary of State.  Upon the Secretary’s approval, the agency may implement automatic voter registration for eligible individuals.  This legislation takes effect in November 2018.

2nd Annual NJAEO Night at the Races

Join us at the 2nd annual Night at the Races – we have Skyboxes 4 & 5 at the Meadowlands and it promises to be a FUN evening!

$40 per person / $75 per couple.

 

Night at the Races on August 4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the NJAEO presented the 9th race winner’s trophy to Fab Finance and his jockey. Pictured are: Michael H. Harper, Hudson County Clerk of the Board/NJAEO President; John Brzozowski, Acting Hudson County Superintendent of Elections; Michael Gibbons, Chief Deputy Atlantic County Superintendent of Elections; and Dennis Kobitz, Administrator Union County Board of Elections and NJAEO Past President.

New ADA Tools

New survey tools and instructional videos are available to assist in achieving full ADA compliance in our polling places.

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New voting machines to produce paper record of each vote cast

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.”

Overseas Residents Absentee Voting Law

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.

Ballot Selfie Legislation

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.

State to reimburse counties for portion of holiday pay…

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.