Support the Bill for All New Jersey Overseas Voters to Vote in State Elections

Democrats Abroad has gotten out the vote for every state in the nation, but this year most of our major battles are for state-level voting rights, particularly in New Jersey! Depending on what they fill out on their absentee ballot request, many overseas voters in New Jersey don't have the right to vote in state elections! They used to have it, before Chris Christie pushed through a change in the law in 2017.

This needs to change. Overseas voters are stakeholders in New Jersey government. State government is responsible for voter eligibility and voting procedures. State policies regarding climate change, education, health insurance, net neutrality, and more affect us everywhere. New Jerseyan overseas voters deserve a voice at all levels of government, and Assemblywoman Downey, Assemblyman Mukherji, and State Senator Vin Gopal have introduced a bill, NJ A5306/S3761, to change the law back and enfranchise voters once again.

Thanks to DA members this bill has passed the Assembly! Now please help us get this bill passed in the Senate.

Please call your NJ State Senator and ask them to cosponsor NJ S3761! Tell them your story. Make your voice heard!

Find Them Here:

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I'll do it!

Talking Points/Script:

  • Hi my name is --------    

  • I am a New Jersey voter, voting in ---------- County, and I currently live in [Current Country]   

  • I regularly vote by absentee ballot.    

  • (If asked for an address) Would you like my voting address?    
  • I'm calling because overseas voters have lost their voting rights, and I need to speak to the Senator or an aide about it.

Once you get an aide on the phone repeat why you are calling and then say:

  • Overseas voters fill out a different ballot request than other NJ voters. On the Overseas ballot request, which is called an FPCA, there is a question that asks if your return is uncertain. Many overseas voters check the “return uncertain” box because they do not know when they will return to the state. NJ voters have no idea they will lose their right to vote in state elections when they check that box. Life is full of uncertainty; we should not lose our voting rights because of it.
  • New Jersey Overseas voters are stakeholders in state government no matter when or if they return to New Jersey on many issues such as climate change, education, health insurance, net neutrality, and of course, our voting rights and procedures.

  • There is a bill in the Senate, S3761, that will rectify this problem.

  • Would the Senator please cosponsor the bill?


  • Just so you know, we formerly had the right to vote in all levels of government before 2017, and we are just looking to restore this voting right.

  • I would like to add that the majority of states in our country allow us to vote on all levels of government. NJ is one of the small handful of states that denies us the right to vote.

  • [If applicable: I cannot vote in my host country.] I am a New Jersey American citizen, as such I should have a voice in my own government.

  • Thank you so much for your time.


Thank you for supporting voting rights for ALL New Jersey voters! If you have any questions, please email us at: [email protected]

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