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Rice Continues to Improve the Democratic Process

TRENTON – Senator Ronald L. Rice today introduced a measure that would require voting machine systems to notify voters if they attempt to leave the polling machine without their ballot being cast.

“The public’s confidence in the election process has been shaken since the controversy in Florida during the 2000 presidential election and voting mishaps throughout the United States,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “It is important that we find more foolproof alternatives to our voting system so that we can uphold the sanctity of the democratic process.”

Senator Rice’s bill, S-2859, would require all voting machines in New Jersey to be equipped with an audible alert system that is triggered when voters make their selections but depart without completing the process.

“Today, the power to vote is one of the greatest opportunities we share as Americans,” said Senator Rice. “On Election Day, we all voice our choice of representatives that will help shape our lives and our State. There have been improvements made to our voting process, but our work is never complete.

Senator Rice stated that, “We need to continue to be sure that every registered voter has an equal chance to not only vote – but also to have that vote count.”

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