The State Assembly today voted to change the effective date of parts of a new law that blocks the distribution of home addresses of current and former judges, prosecutors and law enforcement until after the general election.
The change was necessitated after some county election officials suspended the distribution of voter lists due to uncertainties in identifying individuals the law applied to.
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 last summer.
The new law prohibits companies from making home addresses available on the Internet or for sale.
“Judge Salas was contacted, and she was fine with this,” said Assembly Majority Conference Leader Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth), one of the bill’s sponsors.
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.
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has advised party leaders that the Statewide Voter Registration System they use to update their voter lists is no longer active, for now.
The law will now take effect on December 10, 2021.
The provision that covers law enforcement officers take effect 18 months after the effective date for judges and prosecutors.
There is no change to the effective date that allows active, formerly active, or retired judges and prosecutors, or their immediately family, from blocking their home address or unpublished home telephone number within 72 hours of an entity being notified.
The measure now moves to the State Senate.