Woodrow’s Law

The New Jersey Legislature passed the first absentee ballot law after President Woodrow Wilson missed the 1919 general election. Wilson

The New Jersey Legislature passed the first absentee ballot law after President Woodrow Wilson missed the 1919 general election. Wilson had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on a trip to Colorado the previous September and was unable to return to New Jersey to vote in the gubernatorial and legislative elections. Wilson voted by absentee ballot from the White House in 1920, and moved his official residence to Washington, D.C. after leaving office in March 1921.

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Two former Presidents lived in New Jersey after leaving office: Grover Cleveland, who was born in Caldwell and later served as Governor of New York, retired to Princeton — he served on the Princeton University Board of Trustees while Wilson was the University President — and was once courted by state Democratic leaders to run for the U.S. Senate; and Richard Nixon, who lived in Saddle River and Park Ridge from 1981 until his death in 1994.

Today would have been Nixon's 95th birthday.

Woodrow’s Law