Thursday, October 20, 2005

Vote by Mail in New Jersey 
Whoever you plan to vote for in November (You ARE planning on voting, right?), you owe it to yourself to check this out. Although not billed as such, New Jersey now has by-mail voting.

The actual change in the law was to remove the restrictions on absentee ballots. It used to be that NJ voters were only eligible to vote as absentees for a very limited universe of reasons - being out-of-state on election day, and being disabed were the main ones. But the law was changed this year, allowing voters to request absentee ballots for any reason, or no reason at all. So there's nothing to stop you from applying for an absentee ballot and then voting at your convenience at any time up to election day (which this year is on November 8th).

The New Jersey Division of Elections website has some minimal info about this, and links to a pdf of an absentee ballot application.

There is just NO excuse anymore not to vote.

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