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Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick).

Assembly committee tables early voting bill

By Nikita Biryukov, January 07 2021 12:05 pm

An Assembly panel tabled a measure that would create a two-week early voting period ahead of general elections and some May municipal races Thursday.

It was not immediately clear why the bill’s advancement was halted, but its passage on Thursday would likely have done little to advance in-person early voting in the Garden State.

Though Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Gov. Phil murphy all back some form of early voting, they have not reached an agreement on the bill, Sweeney told the New Jersey Globe earlier this week.

The bill’s removal from Thursday’s board list was first reported by Politico New Jersey.

The measure, sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick), would provide a 14-day early voting period beginning 15 days before the day of a general or May municipal election — but only in towns that pass an ordinance approving early voting — ending on the Sunday before election day.

It would also appropriate funds for election officials to purchase electronic poll books and voting machines that can interface with them, though the total cost of those purchases remains hazy.

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