Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Report from the New Jersey League of Municipalities Convention - Day One: November 15, 2011

Assembly Bill 4166: This bill permits primary elections to be conducted by mail in a county where the governing body of the county adopts an ordinance or resolution for the process. The bill includes procedures for the County Clerk and County Board of Elections.
Senate Bill 2996: This bill would require certain documentation as proof of voter identity in order to vote. Essentially, a voter, whether voting in person or by mail, would have to show or submit a copy of a New Jersey Driver's license, or a New Jersey non-driver identification card or other document.
This new requirement would not apply to any voter by mail-in ballot under the federal "Uniformed and Oversees Citizens Absentee Voting Act" or under the "Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act."
Stay tuned for more reports from the 2011 NJLM Convention.



olddoc said...

Would the Assembly bill eliminate the present method of conducting primary elections? Otherwise what difference is there from presen t absentee ballot?

I have a problem with the Senate Bill. How can one show proof on an absentee ballot and to have to do so at the polls seems to be an attempt to make a standard procedure more difficult. There are challengers at the polls.

Adrian Mapp said...

Hello Doc:

I don’t have the answer to your question. Regarding the Senate Bill, I am concerned about possible voter disenfranchisement as a result of the ID requirement.


Olive said...

I don't see a problem showing some kind of government id when coming to vote.

We have to show ID to get employed, to get a driver's license, to secure utilities, and many other normal living activities. I think it makes sense you prove that you are who you say you are, that you are a US citizen and have a right to vote.

Dottie Gutenkauf said...

There are many states where voters will be required to show state-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot--usually this is a voter-suppression measure, and I'm surprised that we have (or will have) it too. A federally-issued ID, such as a Social Security card, should be sufficient ID for in-person voting. And for voting by mail, keep in mind that many people don't have access to copiers.