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Governor Christie Conditionally Vetoes S2756

Governor Christie Conditionally Vetoes S2756

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Governor Christie conditionally vetoes S2756 on June 23, 2011 which would expand current law and allow voters to receive mail-in ballots for all future elections.
Governor Christie conditionally vetoes S2756 on June 23, 2011 which would expand current law and allow voters to receive mail-in ballots for all future elections.

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Published by: Governor Chris Christie on Aug 09, 2011
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June
23
1
2011
STATEOFNEWJERSEY
EXECUTIVEDEPARTMENT
SENATE
BILL
No.2756(FirstReprint)TotheSenate:PursuanttoArticleVISectionIIParagraph14oftheNewJerseyConstitutionlIamreturningSenateBillNo.2756(FirstReprint)withmyrecommendationsforreconsideration.Thisbillwouldexpandcurrentlawandallowvoterstoreceivemail-inballotsforallfutureelections.Thereafterlifavoterfailstoreturnthemail-inballotinfourconsecutivegeneralelectionslacountyclerkmustascertainwhetherthevoterhaschangedaddresses.Afterverifyingtheirresidenceltheclerkmaysuspendthevoterlsrequestformail-inballotsuntilanewapplication
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received.Thebillfurtherprovidesthatvoterselectingtoreceivemail-inballotswhosubsequentlychoosetovotein-personwithaprovisionalballotmayberemovedfromthemail-inballotlistatthediscretionofthecountyclerk.Votingisunquestionablyoneofourmostimportantcivilrights.However
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protectingourvotingsystemfromfraud
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anequallycrucialobjectiveforpreservingdemocracy.ThechangesIrecommendtothisbillprovideanapproachthatdetersthepossibilityoffraud,whilerecognizingtheneedforincreasedflexibilityforvotersinourState.Ithereforerecommendthebillbeamendedtolimitresidentsfromcontinuingtoreceivemail-inballotsoutsidethegeneralelectionafterfailingtovoteintwoconsecutiveelectionsofanykind.Tofurthereliminatepotentialabuse,countyclerkswouldalsoberequiredtoremoveindividualsfromautomaticallyreceivingmail-inballotswhenvotinginpersonusingaprovisionalballot.Inaddition,Irecommendincorporatingthecost-effectivemeasuresfurthered
by
SenateBillNo.
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EXECUTIVEDEPARTMENT
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numberofsampleballotsthataremailedtohouseholdsstatewide.Suchanapproachrecognizesthestrainedbudgetsonwhichmanycountiesandmunicipalitiesoperate,whilesignificantlyreducingtheamountspentoneachelection.Underthisproposal,sampleballotswouldbesenttoallregisteredvotersforeachgeneralelection.Forallotherelections,onesampleballotwillbedeliveredtoeachaddresswhereatleastoneresidentisaregisteredvoter.Residenceswithmul
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voterswithdifferentlastnames,suchasgrouphomes,andpostofficeboxes,willcontinuetoreceiveindividualsampleballots.Takentogether,theserecommendationsmodernizevotingoptionsforourcitizensinasensibleandfiscally-prudentmanner.Accordingly,IherewithreturnSenateBillNo.2756(FirstReprint)andrecommendthatitbeamendedasfollows:Page2,Title,Line1:After"concerningmail-in"insert"andsample"Page2,Title,Line2:After"supplementing"delete"P.L.2009,c.79(C.19:63-1etseq.)"andinsert"variouspartsofTi
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19oftheRevisedStatutes"Page2,SectionI,Line30:After"future""general"deletePage2,SectionI,Line30:After"elections"
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includingelections,"insertgeneralPage2,SectionI,Line38:Delete"all"Page2,SectionI,Line38:After"future""general"insertPage2,SectionI,Line38:After"elections"insert"only"Page2,SectionI,Line40:After"each""futuregeneral"insertPage3,SectionI,Line4:After"resultinrejection."insert:its"(2)Intheeventthatavoterwhohasrequested
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amail-inballotforallfutureelectionsdoesnotcompleteandreturnsuchaballotforcanvassingfortwoconsecutiveelectionsfollowingtheelectionatwhichthevoterlastvoted,thevotershallbetreatedasifherequestedamail-inballotforfuturegeneralelectionsonlyandshallcontinuetobefurnishedwithmail-inballotsforfuturegeneralelectionsinaccordancewithparagraph(3)ofthissubsection,andtheabilityofsuchavotertoreceiveamail-inballotforfutureelectionsotherthangeneralelectionsshallbesuspendeduntilthevotersubmitsanewapplicationforsuchaballotthatindicatesthatthevoterwishestoreceiveaballotforallfutureelections."Page3,Section1,Line5:Delete"(2)"andinsert
"(3)"
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1,
Line6:Afterthedelete"all""future"firstand"for"insertPage3,Section1,Line6:After"generalelections"delete"orforallfutureelections"andinsert"only"Page3,SectionI,Line13:Delete"40th"andinsert"45th"Page3,Section1,Line14:After"thethat"deleteotherfuture""general"voterfor"oranyandinsertPage3,Section1,Line16:Deletethefirst"all"Page3,Section1,Line16:after"futuregeneralelections"delete"orforallfutureelections"Page3,Section1,Line19:After"allfuturegeneralelections"insert"only"Page3,Section1,Line20:Delete"(3)"andinsert
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