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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Senate passes online voter registration bill

Weinberg proposal now moves to State Assembly

By David Wildstein, June 25 2018 6:57 pm

The State Senate today approved a bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) to bring online voter registration to New Jersey.

“We need to remove as many roadblocks to voter registration as possible,” said Senator Weinberg. “Voter participation is the core of a representative democracy. From banking to vehicle registration renewal, we already conduct so many transactions online. There is no reason in this day and age not to add voter registration to that list.”

Twenty states offer allow prospective voters to register online and another six have passed laws and are awaiting implementation.

Many states are already operating online registration systems with success. With the advancements in technology that we have seen, this is clearly the direction that voter registration is going,” said Senator Weinberg.

The legislation requires the state to find a secure Internet platform to assure the accuracy and integrity of the registration process, and uses digitalized signatures from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission database.

Weinberg’s bill passed the Senate 21-15 and now moves to the Assembly.

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