New Jersey Senate considers expanding early voting

New Jersey lawmakers are considering expanding early voting opportunities even though Gov. Chris Christie has previously vetoed a similar measure.

The state Senate is scheduled to vote on the issue on Monday.

The bill up for consideration would require each county to have several polling places open for 15 days before elections, including on weekends.

Currently, voters can cast ballots by mail or in person at county clerks’ offices up to 45 days before elections. That option would still be available, but the change would bring in-person early voting to more locations.

It has been advanced by two Senate committees. In each, Democrats supported it and Republicans objected.

Christie vetoed a similar plan last year, citing the cost and a threat to the integrity of elections.

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