March 15, 2013 URGENT
Re: S-2364, Early Voting Bill – Posted for Floor Vote Monday
This coming Monday, March 18, 2013, S-2364, which would require early voting in certain elections, will be up for a vote in the full Senate. (For more information, please see our March 1 Dear Mayor letter)
According to the bill, early voting locations will be spread throughout the county at either 3, 5, or 7 locations, depending on the size of the county. These locations could still be in a municipal building.
The hours for early voting will be from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and on Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The bill also received a fiscal analysis from the Office of Legislative Services. The bill requires that the state make an appropriation to a fund so that municipalities and counties may request reimbursement for any additional costs early voting imposes on them. In its fiscal note, OLS estimates that the fund requires $22.8 million the first year, $11 million the second year, and from $7 to $9 million each subsequent year.
The League opposes this bill. S-2364 introduces a new, complex, and potentially expensive process. Furthermore, it is unnecessary as we currently have a process, Vote by Mail, which permits voters every opportunity to vote and participate in the democratic process.
If you have not already, please consider passing a resolution in opposition to this and other early voting bills. You can find a copy of a sample resolution here: http://www.njslom.org/resolutions/2013-0301-Resolution-Early-Vote-A-3553-S-2364.pdf
Also, please consider contacting your state senator to express your concerns with this bill.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Matthew Weng at 609-695-3481 ext 137 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.