Still hopeful that Gov. Phil Murphy will make New Jersey one of the first states to provide automatic voter registration, the ILNH N.J. Voter Mobilization Action Group will be working to get voters registered at community events in the spring and summer. The group will also be reaching out to rental properties to facilitate voter registration for new residents in town.
Liz Glynn, a leader in both the ILNH Action Group and in NJ7 Forward, a grassroots organization that represents the interests of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, says that newly elected Gov. Murphy has pledged to make the Voter Modernization Act a priority.
The act was vetoed by former Gov. Chris Christie after passing the state Legislature in 2015. Glynn is optimistic that an executive order by Gov. Murphy could now get the components of the Voter Modernization Act, also known as the Democracy Act, into place without going through the Legislature again. During his campaign, Murphy supported automatic voter registration, giving former felons the chance to re-register, and online voter registration. Murphy also supports early voting and allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they will be 18 by Election Day.
To date, Gov. Murphy hasn’t taken action to join six other states that have online registration or to make the other aspects of the Voter Modernization Act a reality.
Call Gov. Murphy’s office at (609) 292-6000 and urge him to take action to enact the Democracy Act.