ASSEMBLY, No. 1944

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2016 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† CRAIG J. COUGHLIN

District 19 (Middlesex)

Assemblyman† GARY S. SCHAER

District 36 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblyman† TIM EUSTACE

District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblywoman† JOANN DOWNEY

District 11 (Monmouth)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Automatically registers or updates voter registration as part of driverís license application or renewal.

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

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An Act concerning voter registration and amending and supplementing P.L.1994, c.182.

 

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

 

†††† 1.††† Section 23 of P.L.1994, c.182 (C.39:3-10m) is amended to read as follows:

†††† 23.† Notwithstanding any law, rule or regulation to the contrary, each applicant for a State motor vehicle driver's license application, including any application for a renewal thereof, submitted to an agent of the [Division of Motor Vehicles in the Department of Law and Public Safety] New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission shall be offered an opportunity to [register to vote] decline the automatic voter registration pursuant to section 3 of P.L.††† , c. †††(C.††††† ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).†

(cf: †P.L.1994, c.182, s.23)

 

†††† 2.††† Section 24 of P.L.1994, c.182, (C.39:2-3.2) is amended to read as follows:

†††† 24.† a. The Secretary of State, with the assistance [and concurrence] of the [Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles] Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, shall [formulate a means of permitting] provide for a person to simultaneously apply for a motor vehicle driver's license and [to] automatically register to vote which satisfies both the requirements necessary to receive a license to operate a motor vehicle, pursuant to R.S.39:3-10, and to be permitted to register to vote, pursuant to R.S.19:4-1.

†††† The [Division of Motor Vehicles] New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, upon receipt of a completed voter registration application under this section, shall stamp or otherwise mark the lower right hand corner of the document with the date on which it was so received and forward the physical or electronic document to the Secretary of State no later than the 10th day following the date of acceptance.†

†††† b.††† Each application for voter registration which is received by the [Division of Motor Vehicles] New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission shall be considered and processed as the replacement for any pre-existing voter registration of the applicant.†

†††† c.†††† Each change of address notification submitted to the [Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles] Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission for the purpose of maintaining current information on a person's motor vehicle license shall be reported to the Secretary of State no later than the 10th day following its receipt by the [Division of Motor Vehicles] commission and shall serve as notification for the change of address process, unless the registrant declines the automatic voter registration pursuant to section 3 of P.L.††† , c. †††(C.††††† ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill) and indicates that the change of address is not for voter registration purposes.†

(cf: †P.L.1994, c.182, s.24)†

 

†††† 3.††† (New section) a. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission shall automatically register to vote any person who applies for a special learnerís permit, an examination permit, a probationary driverís license, a basic driverís license, or a nondriver identification card issued pursuant to P.L.1980, c.47 (C.39:3-29.3 et seq.), or for renewal of any license or identification card, according to the permanent address provided by the applicant, unless the applicant specifically declines the automatic voter registration.†

†††† b.††† The chief administrator shall forward the personal information required to register to vote pursuant to subsection a. of this section in an electronic format to the Division of Elections in the Department of State.† The applicantís submission of an application shall serve as an indication that the applicant will register to vote and be affiliated with the permanent address provided by the applicant, and that the applicant is authorizing the chief administrator to forward to the Division of Elections the necessary information for the voter registration.† The chief administrator shall notify the applicant on the application that submission of the application shall serve as consent to be registered to vote at the permanent address provided by the applicant, unless the applicant specifically declines the automatic voter registration.

†††† c.†††† The chief administrator shall provide for the following statement to be printed on the application for a special learnerís permit, an examination permit, a probationary driverís license, a basic driverís license, or a nondriver identification card:

ďBy submitting this application, I am consenting to registering to vote in the State of New Jersey and I am legally permitted to do so as a citizen of the United States of America.† If under 18 years of age, I understand that I will be registered to vote when I attain the age of 18 years.Ē

 

†††† 4.††† This act shall take effect on the first day of the seventh month next following the date of enactment, but the chief administrator may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance thereof as shall be necessary for the implementation of this act.

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill requires the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to automatically register or update a personís voter registration as part of the process of applying for or renewing a driverís license.

†††† Under current law, each applicant for a driverís license is offered by the MVC an opportunity to simultaneously register to vote.† The bill provides that the MVC would automatically register to vote any person who applies for a special learnerís permit, an examination permit, a probationary driverís license, a basic driverís license, or a nondriver identification card, or for renewal of any license or identification card, according to the permanent address provided by the applicant, unless the applicant specifically declines the automatic voter registration.†

†††† The chief administrator of the MVC would forward the personal information required to register to vote in an electronic format to the Division of Elections in the Department of State.† Submission of an application would serve as consent to be registered to vote at the permanent address provided by the applicant, unless the applicant specifically declines the automatic registration.

†††† Additionally, the chief administrator would provide for the following statement to be printed on the application for a special learnerís permit, an examination permit, a provisional driverís license, a basic driverís license, or a nondriver identification card:

ďBy submitting this application, I am consenting to registering to vote in the State of New Jersey and I am legally permitted to do so as a citizen of the United States of America.† If under 18 years of age, I understand that I will be registered to vote when I attain the age of 18 years.Ē