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Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, left, with Senate President Steve Sweeney. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Senate, Assembly quorum call on Friday to begin VBM repair process

By David Wildstein, August 21 2019 3:15 pm

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This story was updated at 3:23 PM.

The State Senate and General Assembly have scheduled a quorum call for 4:30 PM on Friday to introduce legislation seeking to fix New Jersey’s vote-by-mail law in time for the November general election.

The New Jersey Globe first reported earlier today that legislative leaders were considering a special session following a ruling by Secretary of State Tahesha Way that requires voters who requested mail-in ballots in 2017 and 2018 to reapply.

Quorum calls do not require legislators to physically be in Trenton and may participate by telephone, as long as they are in the state at the time of the call.

Introduction of the a legislative repair to the 2018 VBM law paves the way for a voting session, possibly within the next few weeks, in order to clear up language that has confused Way and the state Division of Elections.

Legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Murphy’s staff have been working since late last week to find a way to clear the issue up, but have been unable to find a solution.

According to Action Together New Jersey, about 169,000 New Jersey voters switched from machine voting to VBM since the 2016 general election.  The group says there are about 130,000 voters who cast VBM ballots in 2018 that would not automatically become forever vote-by-mail voters.

The New Jersey Globe first reported earlier today that legislative leaders were considering a special session following a ruling by Secretary of State Tahesha Way that requires voters who requested mail-in ballots in 2017 and 2018 to reapply.

Quorum calls do not require legislators to physically be in Trenton and may participate by telephone, as long as they are in the state at the time of the call.

Introduction of the a legislative repair to the 2018 VBM law paves the way for a voting session, possibly within the next few weeks, in order to clear up language that has confused Way and the state Division of Elections.

Legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Murphy’s staff have been working since late last week to find a way to clear the issue up, but have been unable to find a solution.

According to Action Together New Jersey, about 169,000 New Jersey voters switched from machine voting to VBM since the 2016 general election.  The group says there are about 130,000 voters who cast VBM ballots in 2018 that would not automatically become forever vote-by-mail voters.

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