New Jersey residents could be automatically enrolled to vote when they apply for a driver’s license or register online under an election law overhaul being considered by an Assembly panel. The Appropriations Committee advanced the legislation on Monday. Democratic legislators unveiled the measure last week, saying it would revise an outdated system. The proposal comes weeks after Gov. Chris Christie criticized Hillary Rodham Clinton for suggesting Republicans want to restrict voter access.
The package of bills is modeled on Oregon’s laws and includes authorization for online registration, early voting and preregistration for 17-year-olds.
Some Republicans are skeptical of the reforms, saying voters can vote early now by absentee ballot if they choose.