TRENTON – A sponsor of a bill designed to facilitate early voting said the bill was vetoed.
Senator Nia H. Gill, (D-34), Montclair, said that S2364, which was designed to allow in-person early voting at designated polling locations statewide, drew an absolute veto today.
“The governor’s rejection of this legislation is out of step with the majority of states in the nation and out of touch with New Jersey’s hardworking families,” she said in a release.
“Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia provide for early in-person voting, and as a result of the veto our residents’ access to the polls will be restricted to only one day.
“The Governor now joins other Republican governors who have sought to stifle the vote and limit access to the polls. Once again he is catering to his national base at the expense of New Jersey residents.”
Sen. Jim Whelan, (D-2), Atlantic City, also expressed disappointment in the decision.
“Hurricane Sandy exposed a vital need to update our antiquated laws and extend in-person voting beyond the traditional one-day timeframe. In the storm’s aftermath, polling places across the state were relocated and residents were left to navigate a confusing system that included a process for casting ballots by email and fax. We should not wait for another emergency before we update our voting system,” he said in a release.
During committee hearings, opposition came from Republicans and elections officials who raised concerns about costs and logistics.