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Albano Wants Overseas Military to Vote Online
TRENTON — A group of Democratic legislators are pushing a bill that would make it easier for members of the military stationed overseas to vote in certain elections by establishing an Internet-based pilot project. The bill, A-2846, was recently introduced by Assembly members Matthew Milam, Nelson Albano (both D-1st) and three others.
The pilot project would take place during the primary election and general election occurring in the calendar year in which the bill takes effect and pertain to any person in military service who, by reason of active duty or service, is absent from their place of residence in New Jersey where they are qualified to vote.
“It’s my sincere hope that this project will prove successful and eventually become permanent so that our men and women will always have easy access to the foremost tenet of democracy,” said Milam.
“If you’re on active duty overseas, the last thing on your mind is remembering the multiple deadlines for requesting and filing an absentee ballot. This is a simple way to make life for our soldiers a little easier,” said Albano.
Specifically, the bill would require the Secretary of State to create an Internet-based voting system for the pilot project that uses available technology to ensure the security of the ballot being voted, the privacy of the voter casting the ballot, and the integrity of the voting process.
The Secretary of State would also be required to employ any Internet-based voting guidelines put forth by the federal government and consult with local election officials while developing the system. Sufficient notice would also be required to be given to the public and overseas voters in terms of the requirements for participating in the elections during which Internet voting is to be available.
The Secretary of State would then have four months after the general election to submit a written report to the Governor and the Legislature with recommendations as to whether the program should be permanently adopted or expanded to conduct further assessments of its feasibility.