N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 1, Page 678

Wednesday, August 20, 1947
(Afternoon session)

unavoidably kept them away, and I presume that applies to the Merchant Marine and the boys in the service as well.


PRESIDENT: Mrs. Sanford.

MRS. OLIVE C. SANFORD: Mr. President and members of the Convention:

I had not planned to say anything on this, but you know I have been in politics and I am interested in having people get out to vote; and I vote. In a house where I am I have said to some young men, "Are you registered or are you able still to vote in Connecticut?" And they said, "We have absentee voting." The kind of business they are in brings them to New Jersey, but they can vote at home because they have absentee voting. Now, I know other people, traveling men, who are unable to come back to their town to vote and they lose their vote frequently. I have felt for years that we should have a properly set up system of absentee voting. It seems to me that it would be a perfectly possible thing for such a thing to be evolved. Naturally, no one whose residence was not legally that of the state in which he wished to vote could possibly use absentee voting.

I'm very much in favor of absentee voting and I questioned, when I read the proposal of this committee, why they were only letting these people have the absentee voting who were serving militarily. I think this should be amended.

PRESIDENT: Are you ready for the question?

MR. THOMAS J. BROGAN: I just wanted to make a suggestion which the proposer of this amendment, I think, will accept. If we are to pass this amendment I suggest that the word "general" before "election" be struck out, because under it a man might not vote at a primary election, or at a municipal election, or at other kinds of special elections. If we are to pass it, we ought to give the Legislature the right to do all that it has a mind to do.

PRESIDENT: Mr. Lightner, is that amendment acceptable to you?

MR. LIGHTNER: From my own philosophy, Mr. President, I would have no objection to it. I hesitate to accept it in my amendment because I do not know whether it would swing votes for it or against it.


In other words, the question of absentee voting is a matter in which I am interested - not as to whether it is confined to one type of election or another. If it is offered as an amendment to the amendment, why that's another thing.

PRESIDENT: Justice Brogan, do you move this amendment to the amendment?

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