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Posted on: August 20, 2018

Automatic Mail-In Ballots Get Gov. Ok

Governor Murphy signed S-647, which permits registered voters to receive mail-in ballots automatically for all elections under certain conditions. Specifically, the law would allow a qualified voter to vote using a mail-in ballot not only for a single election but all future elections. The County Clerk would provide the voter who chooses to use a mail-in ballot for all future election a ballot application until the voter requests in writing that they no longer wish to be sent a mail-in ballot. Any mail-in ballot that is returned to the county clerk is to be forwarded to the Commissioner of Registration.
The law also amends the voter registration application to include a check box for voters to indicate that they wish to receive a mail-in ballot for all future elections, until they request otherwise in writing.
All mail-in ballots that are postmarked the election day and are received by the County board of elections within 48 hours after the close of the polls are to be considered valid and must be canvassed. As a result certain statutory deadlines, such as the meeting date of the board of county canvassers and the recount deadline, have changed to reflect this new deadline.
P.L. 2018, c. 72 is effective and operative immediately.
Contact: Lori Buckelew, Senior Legislative Analyst,, 609-695-3481 x112.

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