New Jersey is called the Crossroads of the Revolution because more Revolutionary War battles were fought in New Jersey than in any other state. The turning point in our nation’s struggle for independence is considered by many to be the Battle of Trenton, which was won by the Continental Army under the leadership of General George Washington.
The blood spilled in New Jersey in the name of liberty and freedom obliges us to ensure that ballots cast by military and overseas voters are collected and counted. That is why New Jersey is committed to ensuring that its citizens either serving in the military or overseas are able to fully and easily exercise their right to vote.
New Jersey has been a leader in the acceptance of electronically submitted ballots. Since 2008 – more than a year before the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act required all states to accept the electronic transmission of ballots for federal elections — New Jersey has accepted emailed ballots from military and overseas voters.
The New Jersey Division of Elections has made it easy for military and overseas voters to request and track their ballot. Voters can simply use the division’s website to access an application to request a ballot. Once the request is submitted, voters can use the website to track the progress of their ballot. After receiving, completing and returning their ballot, voters can again visit the website to monitor their ballot‘s status along the ballot counting process.
Now, New Jersey is about to launch improvements to its military and overseas electronic ballot delivery system thanks to an $800,000 grant from the Federal Voting Assistance Program. The grant allowed New Jersey to integrate the ballot delivery process into its Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS). By including this process in the SVRS, the county clerks only have to load each ballot type into the system once. The SVRS will automatically attach to an email the voter’s correct ballot and required documents and send the email to the voter. New Jersey’s county clerks understand the importance of a timely response to a military voters request for a ballot and this new tool will assist them in their efforts.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno , the Division of Elections and New Jersey’s 21 individual county clerks take great pride in making sure ballots for New Jersey’s military voters are sent no later than 45 days before Election Day, as required by both federal and state law.