TRENTON, NJ – Senator Nia H. Gill (D-Essex/Passaic) issued the following statement on a report issued yesterday by the Rutgers-Newark School of Law Constitutional Rights Clinic finding that post-Sandy emergency voting measures were illegal, insecure and confusing. Gill is the sponsor of legislation (S536) to be heard Monday by the Senate Budget Committee to establish early voting in New Jersey:

“The Rutgers’ report has confirmed some of my grave concerns about the integrity of New Jersey’s voting system under the Lieutenant Governor's leadership.  Clearly, the emergency measures put in place post-Sandy compromised the voting process and undermined the election system. The process for voting by email and fax was insecure, confusing, and overwhelmed employees and the system set up to process the applications. In Essex County alone, 1,500 applications for ballots remained unprocessed after Election Day.

“Now we know why Governor Christie believes it is important for Republicans to control the ‘voting mechanism' in each state in our nation.

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“This report exposed serious problems that will recur during the next emergency if we do not implement a safe, secure and effective process for voting. We cannot ignore these issues, nor can we delay any longer the necessary action to strengthen and secure the election process. We must join other states in adopting early voting, which will ensure that every registered voter has an opportunity to cast a ballot.

“This is a serious issue that has nothing to do with one party or another running our voting system. It is about securing our citizens’ fundamental right to vote.”