NJ Lawmakers Exploring Early Voting

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. February 15, 2013

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Assemblyman John Wisniewski (photo by Phil Gregory)

Early voting could be coming to New Jersey.

State lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow it.

Up to five weeks before Election Day, New Jersey voters could start showing up at specially designated polling places to cast ballots.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski says those sites would be open seven days a week so people with long work hours or other commitments on the day of an election would have an opportunity to vote.

“If we had a similar a similar process in place in advance of Hurricane Sandy, lots of people who instead were forced to do the vote-by-fax and vote-by-email could have gone and voted, and we would have eliminated all of that controversy.”

Passaic County Clerk Kristin Corrado says municipal officials have some issues with the plan.

“The costs of keeping facilities open seven days a week, security staffing, transportation of polling books and election results on a daily basis, and the timing of the printing of ballots and sample ballots are immediate areas of concern.”

An Assembly committee has advanced the measure, but some changes are expected as it makes its way through the legislature.


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