Yesterday, Governor Corzine signed A 2451, the Vote by Mail Law of
2008, bringing New Jersey's absentee voting procedures decisively into
the 21st Century. The law, sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak and
Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, replaces New Jersey's multiple absentee
voting systems with one streamlined system for use by all voters. In
addition the law now gives voters the option of permanently voting by
mail, as is available in Colorado, California, Montana and Washington.
Under this option voters could apply once to receive either a ballot in
every election for the next year or receive ballots indefinitely for
all general elections.
This week, the New Jersey legislature approved permanent absentee voting legislation [A 2451 by Rep. Joan Quigley and Sen. Raymond Lesniak] after minor reconciliation and scheduling delays kept the bill in a holding pattern for half a year.
JERSEY CITY, NJ — At a press conference this morning, Gov. Jon Corzine
unveiled the results of his Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration Policy,
which included recommendations for the establishment of an Office on
New Americans to help integrate immigrant families into the state’s
culture and work force. Policy experts at the Progressive States
Network (PSN) were quick to praise the panel’s recommendations, which
they placed within an emerging trend among state lawmakers to include
working immigrant families into plans for shared economic growth.
According to PSN Interim Executive Director Nathan Newman, who authored
a comprehensive 50-state analysis of state immigration policy last
September, “The story that states are rushing out to punish
undocumented immigrants is really a smoke screen. When you look at the
facts, you see that more and more states are finding ways to integrate
immigrants into a growing workforce and thriving small business
community. States like New Jersey realize that there is a far better
economic future in working together than there is in dividing the
population against itself.”