MOSQUERA INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ALLOW CERTAIN VOTERS RESIDING OVERSEAS TO VOTE IN STATE ELECTIONS
Currently, any citizen of the United States who is overseas with uncertain intent to return to America is permitted to vote in federal elections in New Jersey via overseas ballot. Assembly Democrats Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) and Gabriela Mosquera (D-Camden, Gloucester) introduced legislation Monday to change the definition of “overseas voter”.
Under the bill A-5306, the term would now apply to any citizen of the United States who was born outside of the country and meets voter eligibility requirements. A citizen would be allowed to vote in federal elections if they have a parent, legal guardian, spouse, partner in a civil union, or domestic partner eligible to register and vote in the U.S. before departure.
The bill would also remove temporary residence abroad from the definition of “overseas voter”. This would allow any person who meets the criteria and is only overseas temporarily to vote by mail-in ballot in their previous election district and they would be able to vote in any federal, state, or local elections.
People who do not live in the United States due to work or other short-term reasons are still important to the identity of our country and State. They should have a vote in the communities to which they may return.