TRENTON, NJ - Governor Murphy signed legislation (S3203) on Tuesday, March 30 to establish early in-person voting in New Jersey. The legislation expands access to voting rights and democracy.

S3203 allows registered voters to vote using machines at polling places before the day of certain primary and general elections in New Jersey. In-person early voting will enable a registered voter to vote at a designated polling place before the day of an election using optical-scan voting machines that read hand-marked paper ballots or other voting machines that produce a voter-verifiable paper ballot.

“While other states are looking to find ways to keep their citizens from voting, we have consistently worked to ensure that the voices of the people are heard,” said Governor Murphy. “I am immensely proud to sign this legislation today and to remind the nation that our democracy wins when we open the doors of our polling places wide instead of slamming them shut.”

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Secretary of State Tahesha Way stated that the law gives voters more options when casting their ballot.

“As New Jersey’s chief election officer, I welcome this opportunity to make our state even more voter-friendly,” said Way

Designated polling places must be open for early voting on Monday through Saturday from at least 10 AM to 8 PM, and on Sunday from at least 10 AM to 6 PM.

 

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