Proposed bill in New Jersey would delay signature filing deadline for 2011 elections

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March 10, 2011

New Jersey

TRENTON, New Jersey: Legislation introduced by senator Ronald Rice (D) would extend the deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions during years when redistricting takes place.[1]

Currently, the signature filing deadline is April 11, 2011. This bill would push back the deadline to April 18, 2011 -- 50 days before the primary. The primary is scheduled for June 7, 2011.

With a redistricting deadline of April 4, that would only leave one week for candidates to figure out which district they will be running for. Senator Robert Gordon (D) agrees with Rice, stating more time is needed to "catch our breath and make a decision about what we want to do."[1]

The bill was advanced out of the State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee by a 3-1 vote on Thursday.[1]

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