“This 71-page bill, styled as ‘The Democracy Act,’ will not further democracy, but endanger the State’s longstanding and proven election system. Instead of playing politics with the State’s electoral system, the sponsors should work across the aisle on responsible and cost-effective electoral reform,” Governor Christie wrote in his veto…
The bill represents a manifest attempt to use election reform for political gain rather than a genuine bipartisan effort to further improve the State’s election system. The bill was not considered in legislative committee and was hastily adopted along party lines before the Legislature could complete its own fiscal analysis. “Tellingly, the bill lacks the support of the bipartisan group of county election officials who would be responsible for its implementation and administration.” Governor Christie wrote…
Democrats are organizing a multi-million dollar push for automatic voter registration, but “voters in the Garden State already have ample opportunities to register to vote and cast their ballots… Nine out of ten eligible voters in New Jersey were registered to vote last year.”
“New Jersey taxpayers deserve better than to have their hard-earned tax dollars spent on thinly-veiled political gamesmanship and the State must ensure that every eligible citizen’s vote counts and is not stolen by fraud,” the Governor said.
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