NEW JERSEY VOTERS - PROTECT OVERSEAS VOTING RIGHTS BY ASKING SENATE PRESIDENT SWEENEY & YOUR SENATOR TO PUT S3761 TO A VOTE!

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 have been 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 could not vote in the last election! We used to have this right, 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, student loans, and more affect us no matter where we go around the world. New Jerseyan overseas voters deserve a voice at all levels of government, and on November 15th, a bill, NJ A5306/S3761, to change the law back and enfranchise voters was released from the NJ State Senate Government committee.

Thanks to DA members this bill has passed the Assembly and is out of committee in the Senate! Now please help us get this bill posted for a vote in the Senate.

Please call Senate President Sweeney and ask him to post S3761 in the first voting session! Tell his office your story of why you deserve to vote.   Also please call your State Senator and ask them to co-sponsor! Senators directly showing they support the bill makes it much more likely to get posted. Make your voice heard!

Find Contact Information Here:

senator Legislative Role Contact Emailing
Senate President Sweeney Ask him to post S3761! LOOK UP [email protected]
YOUR STATE SENATOR ASK THEM TO
CO-SPONSOR s3761
LOOK UP YOUR TOWN & YOUR LEGISLATORS format: [email protected]

 

I'll do it!

 

Talking Points/Script for SENATE PRESIDENT SWEENEY:

  • 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 would like to speak to whomever handles voting law in this office.

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 post the bill on the board on the next upcoming voting session?

WAIT FOR AN ANSWER!

  • 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. Would you please ask Senator Sweeney to post S3761?

  • 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. Would you please ask Senator Sweeney to post S3761?

  • [If applicable: I cannot vote in my host country.] I’m a New Jersey citizen. I believe I have the right to vote. I can’t vote where I’m currently residing. We all have a reason to vote - would you please ask Senator Sweeney to post S3761? New Jersey is my home.

  • Thank you so much for your time. Is there any contact I can follow up with you about the bill?

 

Talking Points/Script for YOUR SENATOR:

  • 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 would like to speak to whomever handles voting law in the office.

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 co-sponsor this bill so I may have my voting rights returned? 

WAIT FOR AN ANSWER!

  • 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. Would you please ask Senator the Senator to co-sponsor S3761?

  • 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. Would you please ask Senator the Senator to co-sponsor S3761?

  • [If applicable: I cannot vote in my host country.] I’m a New Jersey citizen. I believe I have the right to vote. I can’t vote where I’m currently residing. We all have a reason to vote - would you please ask Senator the Senator to co-sponsor S3761? New Jersey is my home.

  • Thank you so much for your time. How can I follow-up about knowing whether or not the Senator has decided to co-sponsor S3761?

Thank you so much for volunteering!

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we can help communicate important facts about the bill.

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