TRENTON – Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) issued the following statement on the governor’s veto of legislation (S-2364) he sponsored to provide for in-person early voting at designated polling locations across the state:
“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.
“Already, dozens of states have modernized their laws to create a more accessible and reliable system for voting. New Jersey is now the exception.
“This is unfortunate, because the benefits of early voting are clear. This bill would have given voters the opportunity to go the polls at their own convenience, providing improved access to working people in particular who find it difficult to get to the ballot box. It would have ensured that everyone had the ability to exercise their right to vote. The governor’s veto takes our state in the wrong direction.”