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Voting Access Scorecard - New Jersey

The Franchise Project’s Voting Access Scorecard ranks how accessible voting is in New Jersey. The Voting Access Scorecard measures the accessibility of American elections by analyzing state election laws and practices. Each state’s performance is based on 30 measurable metrics shown to affect accessibility and foster participation. All metrics are weighted equally to fairly assess all states and their practices. If answered in the affirmative, each metric is worth 1 point, for a total of 30 points. Note that if a practice varies by county or municipality, e.g. the number of early voting locations in Wisconsin, the state only received 0.5 points for that metric. Note: Y=Yes, N=No, and V=Varies by Municipality/County.

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Overall score: 14 / 30

Y=Yes, N=No, V=Varies by County/Municipality

State registration deadline is the Friday before Election Day or later
NJ Rev Stat § 19:31-6: http://www.nj.gov/state/dos_statutes-elections-19-31-39.shtml#ele_19_31_6
N
State offers Election Day registration
NJ Rev Stat § 19:31-6: http://www.nj.gov/state/dos_statutes-elections-19-31-39.shtml#ele_19_31_6
N
State has automatic registration
NJ Rev Stat § 19:31-6: http://www.nj.gov/state/dos_statutes-elections-19-31-39.shtml#ele_19_31_6
N
State does NOT create barriers to voter registration by third parties (e.g. allows third party registration, does not require registration drive training or notification)
New Jersey Statutes: http://www.nj.gov/state/dos_statutes-elections-31-63.shtml
Y
State does NOT impose fines or criminal penalties for negligent/accidential voter registration mistakes
New Jersey Statutes: http://www.nj.gov/state/dos_statutes-elections-31-63.shtml
Y
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting in multiple locations per municipality/county
New Jersey Department of State: http://www.njelections.org/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html
N
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting during evenings and/or weekends
New Jersey Department of State: http://www.njelections.org/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html
N
State allows no-excuse early voting/in-person absentee voting
NJ Rev Stat § 19:63-3: http://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2013/title-19/section-19-63-3/ New Jersey Department of State: http://www.njelections.org/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html
Y
State holds all elections entirely by mail
New Jersey Department of State: http://www.njelections.org/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html
N
State does NOT require an excuse to vote by mail
NJ Rev Stat § 19:63-3: http://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2013/title-19/section-19-63-3/ New Jersey Department of State: http://www.njelections.org/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html
Y
State deadline to return absentee ballot is NO earlier than Election Day (via any type of delivery)
Received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day NJ Rev Stat § 19:63-3: http://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2013/title-19/section-19-63-3/ New Jersey Department of State: http://www.njelections.org/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html
Y
State allows all voters to sign up to vote by absentee permanently
N.J. Stat. §19:63-3(e): http://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2013/title-19/section-19-63-3
Y
State allows voters to request vote by mail ballot online
New Jersey Secretary of State: http://www.nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html
N
State allows voters to register online
New Jersey Department of State: http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information.html
N
State allows voters to check their Election Day polling location online
New Jersey Department of State: https://voter.njsvrs.com/PublicAccess/servlet/com.saber.publicaccess.control.PublicAccessNavigationServlet?USERPROCESS=PollingPlace
Y
State allows voters to check their vote by mail status online
New Jersey Department of State: http://www.nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html
N
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote on Election Day
New Jersey Department of State: http://www.nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-voting.html
Y
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote early or by mail
New Jersey Department of State: http://www.nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-voting.html
Y
If ID required, State allows voter to vote through alternative process that does not require voter action (Note: full points received if no ID required at all)
New Jersey Department of State: http://www.nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-voting.html
Y
During voter maintenance process, if address has not changed, state allows voter to simply mail back confirmation form
NJ Stat § 19:31-15: http://www.nj.gov/state/dos_statutes-elections-31-63.shtml
Y
State is NOT a member of Interstate Crosscheck
Bryan Caskey, Kansas Secretary of State, Director of Elections (email communication, May 24, 2017)
Y
State is Member of ERIC
ERIC, http://www.ericstates.org/whowear John Lindback, ERIC Executive Director (email communication, May 25, 2017)
N
State refused to comply with the Pence-Kobach voter registration data request
New Jersey Record: http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2017/07/05/n-j-wont-share-non-public-voter-info-trump-commission/452852001/
N
State allows individuals to vote when their sentence is complete
NJ Rev Stat § 19:4-1: http://www.nj.gov/state/dos_statutes-elections-19-01-09.shtml#ele_19_4_1
Y
State allows individuals to vote during their term of incarceration
NJ Rev Stat § 19:4-1: http://www.nj.gov/state/dos_statutes-elections-19-01-09.shtml#ele_19_4_1
N
State allows individuals to vote after incarceration, while on probation or parole
NJ Rev Stat § 19:4-1: http://www.nj.gov/state/dos_statutes-elections-19-01-09.shtml#ele_19_4_1
N
State voting technology requires a paper trail
This law appears to be suspended. NJ Rev Stat § 19:48-1: http://www.nj.gov/state/dos_statutes-elections-31-63.shtml#ele_19_48_1
N
State requires poll worker training
NJ Rev Stat § 19:50-1: http://www.nj.gov/state/dos_statutes-elections-19-50-59.shtml#ele_19_50_1
Y
State law requires voting machines to meet federal standards, testing by a federally accredited laboratory, or federal certification
NJSA 19:48-2: http://www.nj.gov/state/dos_statutes-elections-31-63.shtml#ele_19_48_2
N
State provides readily accessible voting technology information
New Jersey Secretary of State: http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information.html
N

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