Less than six weeks after a report found New Jersey’s election system after Superstorm Sandy was chaotic and left voters vulnerable to hackers, the state Senate passed a measure to allow early voting. The legislation is seen by proponents as a more effective solution to voting in emergencies while getting in line with most other states. Rutgers University School of Law found that in the 2012 election, one week after Sandy knocked out power to power to 2.4 million homes and businesses in New Jersey, a directive to allow voting by fax and email “increased the chaos clerks experienced trying to run the election.” The report also noted that New Jersey law does not allow for Internet voting.
One of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Nia Gill, D-Essex, said the report revealed “serious problems” with the state’s emergency voting system.
“It is without question that the emergency measures put in place post-Sandy compromised the voting process and undermined the election system,” Gill said.