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New Jersey lawmakers propose internet voting for military and overseas voters

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September 9, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

TRENTON, New Jersey: New Jersey legislators are introducing a bill to allow residents that serve in the military to cast their absentee ballots using the internet[1].

The bill would require the Secretary of State to create a system that allows service members to cast their ballots online while enacting safeguards to preserve the privacy of ballots casted over the internet. If approved, the online system would start as a pilot project during the next regularly scheduled (general and primary) elections. The Secretary of State would be required to issue a report to the Legislature to determine if the project would be permanently adopted or further studies would be ordered to determine its sufficiency. The report to the Legislature would be due four months after the general election[1].

The legislation was introduced in June of 2010 and awaits a hearing in the Assembly State Government Committee. Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer) is the sponsor along with four other Assembly Democrats that are the bill's co-sponsors. State Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May Court House) is the sponsor of identical legislation originating out of the State Senate[1].

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