04 Jan: Scutari Bill To Extend Period Of Time Between Public Questions In Municipalities Advances

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senate State Government Committee Chairman, Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, which would extend the time period between certain public questions in municipalities in order to reduce voter fatigue in New Jersey was approved by the panel by a vote of 3-2.

“It makes absolutely no sense to inundate voters with ballot question after ballot question every other year, simply to benefit a small portion of the municipal population,” said Senator Scutari, D-Union, Middlesex and Somerset. “Questions about the number of town council members, the term of office for the mayor, or the method of election – partisan or non-partisan – for government officials have little bearing on the everyday lives of local residents. We want to encourage better voter turnout, and subjecting voters to bureaucratic government changes every year or every other year hurts that cause.”