Updates from Executive Order 144 in red.
How to increase voter turnout
Misinformation, fear, lack of confidence, and low levels of awareness and knowledge are all factors in suppressing the voter turnout. Getting voters to adopt and adapt to a new method of voting requires assuring voters that their votes count and providing a way to track through the process to give the voter peace of mind. The current statutes requires the Secretary of State to provide a free-access system that voters can track their ballot confidentially. However, it’s not robust and it’s not updated with any frequency that is actionable for the voter. For example, voters do not find out their vote was rejected until after the election and there’s no way to provide a cure to the ballot.
Provide central portal/hub to track paper ballots. We have it but it is not robust and due to lack of ability to provide a cure to the ballot, it’s only half of what we need.
Coupled with legislation that requires the board of elections to notify the voter in case of ballot rejection and the ability to provide a cure to their ballot, having a portal for voters to track their ballots as it goes through the process until the point of Acceptance is critical to building voter trust in the ballot processing system.
- Allows voters to find out when their ballot was accepted and to cure their ballot if spoiled or rejected. NO
- Gives confidence in the integrity and transparency of the voting system
- Minimizes inquiries to the County Elections Officials on the ballot status
- In cases of rejected ballots, retain the voter’s outer envelope, inner envelope, Self-Certification certificate, and Mail-in Ballot in a bundle unique to each voter for a period of two years in accordance with 19:63-23. NO
- Where the rejection is due to signature mismatch, missing signature, or otherwise related to the questionable or inability to verify the voter’s ballot by way of signature, the county board of elections shall allow and accept other methods from the voter to confirm their vote. These may include the voter providing a new signature, signing an affidavit attesting that they were the voter who sent in the mail-in ballot, and providing any form of identification that would satisfy the requirement of voter verification. Identification includes a valid New Jersey driver’s license number, a valid New Jersey non driver identification card number, or another form of identification issued or recognized as official by the federal government, the State, or any of its subdivisions, providing the identification carries the full address and signature of the person. NO