A New Jersey Suspension and Replacement of Indicted Elected Officials Amendment
may appear on the November 3, 2015 ballot
in New Jersey
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
. The measure would suspend elected officials who have been indicted and provide for temporary replacements. It would also provide for the return of the elected official upon acquittal or the declaration of a vacancy, if the official were convicted. At least three versions of such an amendment were proposed in the 2014-2015 legislative session
including Assembly Concurrent Resolutions 23 and 27, as well as Senate Concurrent Resolution 78.
ACR 23 supporters
ACR 27 supporters
SCR 78 supporters
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution
At present, proposed constitutional amendments have two ways of achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature can either qualify an amendment with supermajority approval of 60 percent in one legislative session or with simple majorities in two successive sessions. This measure did not receive the necessary supermajority required for a 2014 ballot placement. However, the measure could still be placed on the November 2015 ballot.
- ↑ 216th New Jersey Legislature, "Assembly Concurrent Resolution 23, as introduced," accessed June 24, 2014
- ↑ 216th New Jersey Legislature, "Assembly Concurrent Resolution 27, as introduced," accessed June 24, 2014
- ↑ 216th New Jersey Legislature, "Senate Concurrent Resolution 78, as introduced," accessed June 24, 2014