State Sen. Nia Gill wants Gov. Chris Christie to take some time away from trying to gain voters on the presidential campaign trail to sign legislation impacting voters in his home state. The Montclair resident, who also represents her hometown as well as Clifton, East Orange, and Orange in the 34th District, was one of the primary sponsors of the “Democracy Act,” also known as S-50 and A-4613, which was approved by both the state Senate and Assembly in June. The bill would extend elections from one day to 15 days, allow for online voter registration, set up automatic voter registration through the state Motor Vehicle Commission, establish pre-registration for 17-year-olds, and allow non-English speakers to able to vote and register to vote in their native language.
It would also eliminate special elections to fill vacancies, stop harassment at polling places, ensure voting access for people with disabilities, expand access for military and overseas voters, and strengthen voter fraud laws.
Its passage is awaiting the governor taking his pen and putting down his signature to make it official. However, Christie has not shown any interest in the bill, having vetoed a similar bill sponsored by Gill last year.