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Can The Dead Vote in NJ? Sometimes

Updated: Jun 26

July 28, 2022 |

An election reform bill sitting on the governor’s desk (signed into law on 7/28) could give preferential treatment to people who voted early but died before Election Day, depending on how they cast their ballot.

No, it’s not another joke made at New Jersey’s expense. The recent expansion of mail-in and early in-person voting has made counting or discarding dead voters’ ballots a serious issue.

NJ SEED: Former Gov. Brendan Byrne like to say that when he died he wanted to be buried in Hudson County so he could remain active in politics. The new law tackles a serious issue although not one likely to impact the outcome of many elections. It addresses a problem generated by early voting.

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