New Jerseyans Could Begin Voting Up to 5 Weeks Early Under New Legislation

VIDEO: Assembly Deputy Speaker John S. Wisniewski is hoping to being early voting to New Jersey. The legislation by Wisniewski, (D-Middlesex), would create an early voting process that would allow New Jersey voters to cast their votes at specially designated polling places starting up to five weeks before a primary or general election, and ending on the Sunday before Election Day.

Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia currently have an early voting program that allows duly-registered voters to vote in person prior to Election Day.

“Right now, we have a system in New Jersey where you can vote in one of two ways: you can wait ‘till Election Day and between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. you can go to the polls; and we also have a Vote-by-Mail program, used to be called absentee ballots, where you can apply, in writing or in person, for a ballot and you can vote,” Wisniewski says.

“With peoples’ work schedule, a lot of times, folks are either getting up before the polls open or they’re getting home after they close – they just can’t get there. Child care responsibilities, health responsibilities, work responsibilities, you name it, there are lots of reasons why people can’t fit that one day or can’t get the vote-by-mail application done.”

Watch video of Wisniewski discussing the legislation. TLS.

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