PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce continues her push for early in-person voting and the restoration of voting on a machine in-lieu of Gov. Phil Murphy’s controversial all vote-by-mail plan.
“There is no reason why New Jersey voters should be denied the option to vote in-person,” said DeCroce (R-Morris). “I along with my collogues have introduced a viable option to institute early voting to take pressure off of the polls on election day while allowing voters to cast their ballot in a voting booth.”
“If people can stand in line at the MVC, shop at any store in the state, or trick or treat, they should be allowed to vote in person,” said DeCroce. “The fact of the matter is some people are more comfortable and confident casting their ballot in a booth.”
Murphy announced on August 14 that the General Election would be conducted primarily by vote-by-mail balloting. The Democrat-led Legislature affirmed that decision on August 27. Republicans in the state Assembly attempted to substitute the Murphy plan with an in-person early voting proposal, but Democrats tabled the motion along party lines.
“Governor Murphy and the majority have continued to choose political expedience at the expense of expanded voting options,” continued DeCroce. “Democrats have called for early voting for years but when the opportunity arose the majority turned their back on New Jersey’s voters.”
“I will continue to fight for expanded voting options and restore in-person voting,” DeCroce assured. “But the reality is that the majority and Governor Murphy are unwilling to budge so voters must prepare to vote in an all vote-by-mail election.”
Every active registered voter will automatically receive a ballot with prepaid postage in the mail, which can be returned by mail, dropped in a secure drop-box or brought to a polling location on Election Day.
Voters who do not receive or loose their ballot can cast a provisional ballot at a limited number of polling locations in each municipality. Disabled voters will be able to cast their ballot on a machine if they complete a certificate of disability.
“Whether vote-by-mail or in-person I strongly encourage each and every New Jerseyan to cast their ballot this November, concluded DeCroce.”