Senate fails to override veto of early voting bill

The Senate failed to override the veto of bill S2364, which would establish an early voting procedure to allow voters to cast their votes at specially designated polling places.

The vote was along party lines, 24-16.

Early voting, according to the bill, would start on the 15th day before the primary election for the general election and the general election, and end on the second day before the election.

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed this bill before, citing costs and redundancies.

But Sen. Nia Gill (D-35) of Montclair, bashed the governor for his actions, and implied hypocrisy on his part when he scheduled a special election.

Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-21) of Westfield, accused her of extreme rhetoric and said voters being denied access is just not true.

“The truth of the matter may sting,” Gill responded, adding that she was relying on facts that Christie gave for vetoing her bill.

But Sam Thompson (R-11) said early voting costs would be a regular occurrence as opposed to a special election.

Senate fails to override veto of early voting bill