A spokesperson for Gov. Phil Murphy said that the governor intends to sign the early voting bill on Tuesday.
A second bill sent to the governor gives the county board of elections the ability to determine the location of ballot drop boxes, the lawmakers’ release said. The state General Assembly and Senate gave final approval to the measure on Thursday.
“Our accountability over government, opportunities to better our lives and the chance to elect our representatives all depend upon our ability to access the ballot,” said state Democratic Sen. Nia Gill, a sponsor of the bill allowing people to vote 10 days before an election.
“Passing early voting and implementing electronic poll books will ensure our fundamental right to have our voices heard,” she added.
In addition to the two bills before Murphy, the New Jersey Assembly has also passed additional legislation that would aim to prevent voter intimidation prohibiting the deployment of police for non-emergency situations like standing guard, according to a release from several assembly members.
The bill would also prohibit a law enforcement officer from sitting on a Board of Elections unless they are off-duty and having an officer within 100 feet of a polling place or a ballot drop box.