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Voter lists on hold as officials sort through unanticipated consequences of new law

By David Wildstein, February 12 2021 12:57 pm

Some county election officials have suspended the distribution of voter lists until they can solve issues relating to a new law that blocks the distribution of home addresses of current and former judges and prosecutors.

Daniel’s Law approved last November to protect the privacy of judges and law enforcement officers after a deranged attorney found the home address of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas and shot and killed her 20-year-old son.

The legislation prevents government officials from releasing the home address of all active or retired judges, prosecutors, or law enforcement officers.

The retroactivity of the law has created a problem for election officials, who have no list of former officials – whether it was an attorney who served as a municipal prosecutor decades ago, or a retired police officer who has moved to another town.

The state Division of Elections is aware of the problem but has not yet responded to a question as to guidance they are giving to election officials.

Some candidates running in May local elections and the June primary do not currently have an opportunity to  obtain current voter registration data.

The New Jersey Democratic State Committee has advised party leaders that the Statewide Voter Registration System they use to update their voter lists is no longer active, for now.

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