Friday, July 08, 2005
New Jersey enacts Voter Verified Paper Trail!
I heard this on the 8 p.m. top-of-the-hour news on WHYY, but unfortunately was unable to find the story on their website. But WNYC has a brief story, Changes Ahead for NJ Voters, which notes that Acting Governor Richard Codey signed several bills today affecting the conduct of elections in N.J.:
- The requirement that every vote cast have a verifiable paper trail will go into effect by 2008.
- In 2008 New Jersey's presidential primary will be moved to February (from June).
- Voter registration will be allowed up until three weeks before an election.
- Voters requesting an absentee ballot will no longer have to give an "acceptable" reason.
This is great news. To see how other states are progressing with VVPT, you can look at the map at VerifiedVoting.org.