ASSEMBLY, No. 5099

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED DECEMBER 10, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† JOHN CATALANO

District 10 (Ocean)

Assemblyman† GREGORY P. MCGUCKIN

District 10 (Ocean)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblymen Wirths and Space

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires commissioner of registration to move voters with undeliverable mail-in ballots to inactive file; removes such inactive voters from Statewide voter registration system following failure to vote in two consecutive federal general elections.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning mail-in ballots returned as undeliverable and supplementing Title 19 of the Revised Statutes.

 

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

 

†††† 1.††† a.† Notwithstanding any other law or regulation to the contrary, any mail-in ballot that is sent to a qualified voter and that is returned to the county clerk as undeliverable and forwarded to the commissioner of registration shall be compiled by the commissioner and noted in the Statewide voter registration system following any election in the State.† The commissioner of registration shall place any voter whose mail-in ballot was returned as undeliverable into the inactive file.† If a voter placed in the inactive file, pursuant to this subsection, fails to vote in two consecutive federal general elections, the commissioner of registration shall take the necessary steps to remove the voter from the Statewide voter registration system and transfer the voter to the deleted file, pursuant to the provisions of R.S.19:31-19.

†††† The commissioner of registration shall retain, for two years, all mail-in ballots returned as undeliverable.

†††† b.††† The commissioner of registration shall send a notice to a mail-in ballot voter, no more than five days following:

†††† (1)†† the voterís placement in the inactive file;

†††† (2)†† the commissionerís decision to take the necessary steps to remove the voter from the Statewide voter registration system; and

†††† (3)†† the voterís removal from the Statewide voter registration system and transfer to the deleted file.

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill requires the commissioner of registration to move voters with undeliverable mail-in ballots to the inactive file and remove such inactive voters from the Statewide voter registration system following failure to vote in two consecutive federal general elections.

†††† Under current law, any mail-in ballot returned for any reason is forwarded to the commissioner of registration, who notes the return in the voter record of that voter.† This bill requires that a mail-in ballot returned as undeliverable to the county be forwarded to the commissioner of registration and noted in the Statewide voter registration system.† The commissioner will compile a list of the voters and place those voters in the inactive file.† If a voter in the inactive file fails to vote in two consecutive federal general elections, the commissioner will take the necessary steps to begin the process for the removal of the voter from the Statewide voter registration system and transfer to the deleted file.† The commissioner would be required to send notice to a mail-in ballot voter following the voterís placement in the inactive file due to a mail-in ballot returned as undeliverable, the decision of the commissioner to begin the process for removal from the Statewide voter registration system, and the removal of the voter from the Statewide voter registration system and transfer to the deleted file.