Voters in New Jersey primary elections could cast ballots by mail, a move that would save taxpayers money, according to a bill recently introduced by a North Jersey lawmaker. The bill sponsored by state Assemblyman Timothy Eustace, D-Maywood, would allow primary elections to be held by mail in any county where the governing body for the county approves of conducting the election in such a way. Eustace said 22 states already have rules in place to allow some elections to be conducted entirely by mail, and three states permit all elections to be conducted by mail. One of those states, Oregon, he said, has realized 30 percent savings on election costs.
“Mail-in elections is a step toward modernizing the election process,” Eustace said. “Mail-in ballots will make voting easy for residents by allowing them to participate on their time.”
“It also will make for a more efficient and cost saving use of our resources,” he said.