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  • NJ A2815
  • Revises "Overseas Residents Absentee Voting Law" to mirror federal law; permits overseas voters to vote in any election; permits use of federal write-in absentee ballot to vote, register or request ballot for all elections.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill revises the "Overseas Residents Absentee Voting Law" to more closely resemble the federal overseas voting laws. Based on the federal Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act, which was approved and recommended for enactment by the Uniform Law Commission in 2010, this bill would incorporate into New Jersey law those provisions that have not yet been adopted. The bill adds definitions for previously undefined statutory terms, and expands the definition of "overseas voter" to expressly include legally recognized partners of military service personnel, voters born outside of the United States, and overseas voters with a residence in New Jersey. The bill permits an overseas voter to use the federal write-in absentee ballot to vote, to register to vote, and to request an overseas ballot for all elections held in the State. Under current law, such ballots can be used to vote only in elections for federal offices. Additionally, the bill permits the use of the federal postcard application to apply for an overseas ballot or to register to vote in all elections. Under the bill, for a ballot to be distributed via electronic means, the completed application must be received by 3 p.m. on the day preceding the election. Under current law, the application must be received on or before the fourth day preceding the election. The bill also eliminates references to an outdated form of identification and adds other types of valid identification that may be used in an application for an overseas ballot. In addition to using a valid U.S. Passport, the bill permits an individual to use a valid U.S. Passport Card, a valid Certificate of Citizenship, or any other valid form of identification recognized under federal or State law. The bill expressly limits the permitted uses, or disclosures, of a voter's electronic address and requires that these limitations be described on the request to use an electronic address. In completing any document under the provisions of this bill, a voter's mistake or omission that is not substantive in nature would not invalidate the document. On write-in ballots, where the intention of the voter is discernable, the ballot would not be invalidated.
Judiciary, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Substituted by another Bill
Substituted by S92  (on 10/20/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
10/20/2016 A Substituted by S92
4/4/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
4/4/2016 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (10:00 4/4/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
2/16/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 4/4/2016 Assembly Judiciary Committee: Reported Favorably 6 0 1