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Online VBM application moves through N.J. Senate

By David Wildstein, January 28 2021 4:07 pm

Legislation allowing online vote-by-mail applications giving the state up to seven days before an election was approved by the State Senate today in a 27-3 vote.

“Voting by mail has only grown in popularity since New Jersey authorized its usage in 2009,” said one of the bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Jim Beach (D-Voorhees).  “After a general election so heavily reliant on vote-by-mail ballots, we expect more people to prefer this option going forward and using the online registration website would help facilitate it.”

An Assembly version of the proposed law was refereed to the State and Local Government Committee but has not yet had a hearing.

The other sponsor, State Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Lawrence), said that the bill would make it easier for voters to obtain a mail-in ballot.

“There is no telling how long COVID-19 will be influencing the way we live our lives, how we work, how we shop and how we vote,” Turner noted. “It is important for us to take the lessons we’ve learned in recent months and look for ways to improve systems that service the public.

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