(Parsippany, NJ ) Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce ramps up her push for early in-person voting and the restoration of voting on a machine in-lieu of Governor Murphy’s questionable all vote-by-mail plan.

“There is no reason why New Jersey voters should be denied the option to vote in-person,” said DeCroce (R-Morris). “I have introduced a viable option to institute early voting taking pressure off of the polls on Election Day while allowing voters to cast their ballot in a voting booth.”

“If people can stand in line at the MVC, shop at any store in the state, or trick or treat, they should be allowed to vote in person,” said DeCroce. “The fact of the matter is some people are more comfortable and confident casting their ballot in a booth.”

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 On August 14th Governor Murphy announced his unilateral decision to deny New Jersey residents the ability to vote in-person, on a machine when he mandated the 2020 general election be conducted entirely though mail-in ballots. The decision is justified as a safety precaution and an expansion of voting access for New Jersey’s 6.2 million voters. The reality is unnecessary confusion and frustration.

 The Legislature affirmed the Governor’s decision to conduct the election entirely by mail-in ballot on August 27th. During that voting session the Assembly Republicans attempted substitute the Governor Murphy’s vote-by-mail plan with a sensible in-person early voting proposal. Partisan politics prevailed as the Democrat majority tabled the motion along party lines.  

 “Governor Murphy and the majority have continued to choose political expedience at the expense of expanded voting options,” continued DeCroce. “Democrats have called for early voting for years but when the opportunity arose the majority turned their back on New Jersey’s voters.”

 “I will continue to fight for expanded voting options and to restore in-person voting,” DeCroce assured. “But the reality is the Democrat majority and Governor Murphy are unwilling to budge so voters must prepare to vote in an all vote-by-mail election.”

 Under the current system all registered voters will automatically receive a ballot in the mail by October 5th. Voters can fill out the ballot and return it in the mail, drop it in a secure drop-box, or bring it to a polling location on Election Day. If you do not receive or lose your ballot you can cast a provisional ballot at a limited number of polling locations in each municipality. Disabled voters will be able to cast their ballot on a machine if they complete a Certificate of Disability.

 “Whether vote-by-mail or in-person I strongly encourage each and every New Jerseyan to cast their ballot this November, concluded DeCroce.”