NJ Gov. Vetoes Bill Consolidating Election Dates - State and Federal Communications

September 10, 2013  •  

NJ Gov. Vetoes Bill Consolidating Election Dates

Seal of New JerseyYesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed Assembly Bill 4237, which would have merged the dates of this year’s general and special elections.

Because New Jersey’s statewide elections in November are scheduled only 20 days after the October special election, critics have argued the expense of the two elections is too costly for the state and will diminish voter turnout for both elections. The vetoed bill changed the date of the 2013 general election from November 5 to October 16 and directed the secretary of state to provide appropriate notice to state, county, local officials, and the general public as to the change of date.

Another bill vetoed yesterday, Assembly Bill 4249, would have allowed early in-person voting at designated polling places during the special general election scheduled for October 16, 2013. Under the vetoed bill, votes would have been considered in-person early voting for both the vacant U.S. Senator seat and for all offices and public questions to be voted on at the general election on November 5, 2013.

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