The New Jersey Bail Process Amendment
did not make the November 2012 ballot
in the state of New Jersey
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
. The measure would have changed the bail process in the state by giving judges the option to keep those considered a danger to the community in prison before their trial. The measure was proposed while the state legislature was in 2012 session
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution
In New Jersey, the state legislature must approve a proposed amendment by a supermajority vote of 60% but the same amendment can also qualify for the ballot if successive sessions of the New Jersey State Legislature approve it by a simple majority. Four states (Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) have an either/or system: a proposed amendment must be passed by simple majority in two separate legislative sessions, or by a supermajority vote of one session.