10th District Legislators: ‘We Must Be Able to Vote In Person’

10th District Legislators: ‘We Must Be Able to Vote In Person’

Legislators cite their bill to require photo ID to vote

The many issues with vote by mail during the July primary were a major concern for 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano.  The lawmakers are stressing the need for in-person voting for the November general election to ensure election integrity.

The lawmakers also point to their bill, S-2775/A-4490, which requires a voter to present photo identification before voting at a polling place at any election.  Acceptable photo identification includes a New Jersey driver’s license, New Jersey REAL ID, a New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles “identification only” card or a United States passport.

“There were many troubling issues that resulted from the Governor’s executive order which restricted nearly everyone from voting in person, including deceased residents who were mailed ballots,” said Senator Holzapfel.  “We believe in-person voting will negate these glaring inaccuracies and restore voter confidence. Our bill will require photo ID at all polling places in order to eliminate voter fraud and restore our trust in our democracy.”

According to the bill, a voter who does not present photo identification or whose ID contains a picture that does not appear to depict the voter would be subject to challenge.  The bill does not deny or alter a voter’s opportunity to establish his or her right to vote if challenged.

“The vote by mail experiment in July was anything but smooth and resulted in many ballots mailed to unaffiliated or inactive voters,” added Assemblyman McGuckin. “How can anyone expect this new system to be lawful and effective?  Every election is crucial to upholding the values of this country and we cannot allow any mistakes, especially during this political climate.”

“We are required to show ID in many situations. At liquor stores, bars and gyms, we need IDs, however residents are not required to confirm their identity before exercising their right to vote,” concluded Assemblyman Catalano.  “This bill is a common sense requirement needed to ensure the integrity of our elections and is essential in preventing fraud.”

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