State Senator Jim Whelan’s (D-2) ballot reform law was signed into law today by Governor Chris Christie. The bill, which was cosponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak, calls for a change to the mail-in ballot process.
The bill, S-685, reduces the number of ballots a messenger is allowed to transmit to voters from ten to three. It also reduced the number of completed ballots a bearer can bring to the Board of Elections from unlimited to three.
The bill aims to restore confidence in the ballot system and reduce the opportunity for fraud or ballot abuse.
“Messenger and bearer ballot irregularities threaten the integrity of our elections,” said Senator Whelan in a statement. “I’m thankful we were able to work with the Governor to enact this important piece of legislation.”