Update 7/22/20

With the enactment of Executive Order 144 and with the July 7th Primary Election over, this website’s goals are:

  1. To provide a hub for voters to learn all the options of voting in the 2020 elections due to the spread of coronavirus, specifically about Vote By Mail.
  2. To provide information to stakeholders on possible legislation needed to ensure maximum reach and access to voting for voters.

Contact

For further clarification or data needed for possible legislation, please contact Winn@ATNJEF.org

Background

ATNJ Education Fund has led the largest expansion of Vote By Mail in New Jersey in the last two years. The growth of voting by mail has increased dramatically with our efforts reaching nearly 400,000 registered infrequent voters. Our goal was to instill a new voting habit since Election Day Polling Place voting presented obstacles among many under-represented communities. The model state on VBM, Colorado, showed that adding VBM as an option resulted in increased turnout in the aggregate. Prior to the pandemic, due to our voter outreach work and the work of many other organizations, we saw a dramatic increase in votes cast by VBM ballots. With the pandemic, we expect an exponential increase in VBM ballots with voters staying at home to vote.

Barriers to Election Day voting

Voting on Election Day at local polling stations is a barrier and a burden to many voters across economic, education, racial, and mobility spectrums. This includes those who do not have the means of transportation to get to their polling place or the money needed for transportation. It’s also a barrier for those with mobility issues including those who are not physically able to get out of the house and polling places without handicap accessibility. It can be impossible to get to the polls during open hours if the voter cannot get off work in time before the polls close. For workers who work the second or third shift, multiple shifts, or 24-hour shifts, getting to their polling station in Election Day is nearly impossible. The placement of polling stations and closures and consolidations have also been shown to negatively impact voters of color and minority communities. Voting from home with prepaid postage becomes an avenue for voters burdened by Election Day polling place voting.