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Senate President Steve Sweeney. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Sweeney: No agreement on early voting

New Jersey’s top three Democrats back early voting, but the devil’s in the details

By Nikita Biryukov, January 04 2021 3:19 pm

There’s no agreement between New Jersey’s top Democrats on early voting as an Assembly panel gears up to advance a bill that would allow voters to vote in-person for two weeks ahead of the election.

“The governor, myself, the speaker, we’re all on board with early voting. We’ve just got to come to an agreement,” Sweeney said.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday declined to say whether there was an agreement on an early voting bill the Assembly Appropriations Committee is set to advance on Thursday.

The Senate doesn’t have any such hearings scheduled. The upper chamber’s State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee advanced a separate early voting bill approved a substantively similar bill in August, but the Assembly never took it up.

It’s not clear exactly where the disagreement on early voting rests, but neither bill allowed for early voting in the state’s primaries, only its general and May non-partisan municipal elections.

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