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  • NJ A736
  • Establishes pilot project to permit voters in military service on active duty overseas, and their eligible family members, to vote in certain elections using the Internet; makes appropriation.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes a pilot project to permit a voter in military service on active duty overseas, and their spouse or dependent to vote using the Internet The pilot project will be for the primary election and general election occurring in the calendar year in which the bill takes effect and would include any person in military service who, by reason of active duty or service, is absent on the date of the election from the place of residence in New Jersey where the person is or would be qualified to vote. The bill requires the Secretary of State to: (1) create an Internet-based voting system for the pilot project that: (a) uses such technology as may be available to ensure the authentication of the voter, the security of the ballot being voted, the privacy of the voter casting the ballot, the ability to audit or verify the voting process by the voter and third party entities, the control of the voting process by the appropriate election officials, the integrity of the voting process for the elections at which Internet voting is to be available, and the compatibility of that process with the voting system currently used by a voter overseas; (b) employs to the extent possible any guidelines proposed or promulgated by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission or any other agency of the federal government for an Internet voting pilot project that assists voters in military service on active duty overseas, and their spouses or dependents who are eligible to vote; and (c) adopts, where possible, the best practices used in similar projects in other states and countries; (2) consult with representatives of the clerks of the counties, the superintendents of elections and the county boards of election with regard to the development and implementation of the pilot project; (3) provide sufficient and accessible notice and information to the public and voters in military service on active duty overseas, and their spouses or dependents who are eligible to vote with respect to the pilot project and the requirements for such voters to participate in the elections at which Internet voting is to be available; and (4) promulgate such temporary rules and regulations as the secretary deems necessary to effectuate the purpose of this bill. The bill requires that the secretary submit to the Governor and the Legislature no later than the 120th day following the day of the general election at which the pilot project is operative a written report with recommendations as to whether: (1) Internet voting for voters in military service on active duty overseas, and their spouses or dependent who are eligible to vote should not be adopted at present; or (2) the pilot project should be expanded and a further assessment of its feasibility should be conducted; or (3) Internet voting for voters in military service on active duty overseas, and their spouses or dependents who are eligible to vote should be adopted permanently by law. The bill provides that such sums as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Department of the Treasury deems necessary to effectuate the purposes of this act are appropriated from the General Fund.
Judiciary
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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