Assemblyman WAYNE P. DEANGELO
District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)
Changes signature requirement for recall petition.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act changing the signature requirement for a recall petition and amending P.L.1995, c.105.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Section 5 of P.L.1995, c.105 (C.19:27A-5) is amended to read as follows:
5. A recall petition demanding that an election be held for the purpose of deciding whether an elected official shall be recalled from office shall be signed by a number of registered voters of the jurisdiction of the official sought to be recalled equal to at least 25% of the [persons registered to vote] number of voters who voted in that jurisdiction on the date of the general election preceding the date on which the sponsors of the petition file a notice of intention pursuant to section 6 of this act. A recall petition shall be filed with the appropriate recall election official. No recall petition shall demand the holding of an election to recall more than one elected official.
(cf: P.L.1995, c.105, s.5)
2. This act shall take effect on the 30th day after enactment but remain inoperative until an amendment permitting the change in the type of signatures required on a recall petition becomes part of the New Jersey Constitution.
This bill amends the Uniform Recall Election Law. It reduces the petition signature threshold for recalling an elected official from 25% of the registered voters to 25% of the number of voters who voted at the last general election.
This change would apply only if an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution is approved by the voters to permit the same change in the recall petition signature requirement.