While New Jersey has some strong voting policies, it can still stand to strengthen its approach to registration through online and same-day registration.
Contact your legislator using the FIND MY LEGISLATOR button below with this message of support for voting rights reform in New Jersey.
Automatic Voter Registration- Governor Murphy signed automatic voter registration into law in April 2018. Like many other states, AVR in New Jersey is only conducted at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
RECOMMENDATION: Expand AVR to a broad set of state agencies in New Jersey.
Online Voter Registration- New Jersey does not offer online voter registration.
RECOMMENDATION: Enact SB 589, which would implement online voter registration.
Same-Day Registration- New Jersey does not offer same-day registration.
RECOMMENDATION: Implement same-day registration as proposed by Governor Murphy.
Voter ID Requirement- No Voter ID is required at the polls. Registration does not require a photo ID. A bank statement, car registration, government check, or other documents confirming identity are permissible.
Early Voting- Early voting begins 45 days prior to Election Day and concludes the day before Election Day.
No Excuse Absentee- No excuses are required to vote absentee in New Jersey.
Mail-In Voting- Mail-in voting is only permitted in the context of absentee voting.
RECOMMENDATION: Move New Jersey toward a mail-in vote state in line with practices in California, Oregon, and Washington.
Felon Re-Enfranchisement- Returning citizens have their voting rights automatically restored upon completion of sentence, parole, and probation.
RECOMMENDATION: Implement SB 2100 and its companion bill AB 3456, which would allow those on parole, probation, or serving a sentence to retain their right to vote.
Voter Bill of Rights- New Jersey has a clearly published voter bill of rights that is published in eleven languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian, Portuguese, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.
Polling Hours- Polling places are open on Election Day from 6 am – 8 pm for 14 hours of voting time.
Wait Time Service Standard- Like other states, New Jersey does not have a wait time service standard. While New Jersey has substantial early voting, improving the Election Day experience is still vital.
RECOMMENDATION: Implement and monitor a wait time service standard for polling places in New Jersey.
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