ASSEMBLY, No. 3433

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

210th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MARCH 6, 2003

 

 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman MATT AHEARN

District 38 (Bergen)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

    Requires new voting systems to permit holding of elections featuring instant runoff voting.

 

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

    As introduced.

 


An Act concerning electronic voting systems and voting devices and supplementing P.L.1973, c.82 (C.19:53A-1 et seq.).

 

    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

    1. Notwithstanding any rules, regulations or laws to the contrary, whenever a county board of freeholders authorizes the purchase of an electronic voting system or voting device to supplement an existing system to conduct elections in compliance with the provisions of Pub.L.107-252 (42 U.S.C.A.15301 et seq.) or a State law enacted to effectuate that federal law, the electronic voting system or voting device shall, in addition to all other features required by federal and State law, have the capacity to permit the holding of instant runoff voting for elections at which a candidate is to be elected to a public office filled by one individual.

    As used in this section, "instant runoff voting" means a system of voting that allows each voter to vote for the voter's preferred candidates as well as specific alternative choices from among the other candidates appearing on the ballot for that office in order of preference and, in the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for candidates for that office, provides that the candidate receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated and the second choice votes for that candidate will be counted, with the process continuing until one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast.

 

    2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

    This bill provides that whenever a county board of freeholders authorizes the purchase of an electronic voting system or voting device to supplement an existing system to conduct elections in compliance with the provisions of Pub.L.107-252, the "Help America Vote Act of 2002" or a State law enacted to effectuate that federal law, the electronic voting system or voting device must have the capacity to permit the holding of instant runoff voting for elections at which a candidate is to be elected to a public office filled by one individual.

    As used in the bill, instant runoff voting means a system of voting that allows each voter to vote for preferred candidates as well as specific alternative choices from among the other candidates appearing on the ballot for that office in order of preference and, in the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for candidates for that office, provides that the candidate receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated and the second choice votes for that candidate will be counted, with the process continuing until one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast.