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Low-Income Voters Added to the Voting Rolls through Improved NVRA Implementation

Perhaps the most impressive recent success story in expanding political participation has been the dramatic turnaround in public agency voter registrations in some states.  With the prodding of Demos, Project Vote, and others under the umbrella of the NVRA Project, several states have reinvigorated compliance with this federal law that requires that certain state agencies offer voter registration to the individuals they serve.  The most well known agencies are motor vehicle departments, but public assistance agencies are also included and it is they that can have the greatest impact on bringing low-income and marginalized citizens into the political process.

Permanent Vote by Mail Option Approved in First State East of Mississippi

On June 30th New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine signed the Vote by Mail Law of 2008, which allows all voters to permanently register to vote-by-mail, referred to as permanent absentee voting. The law, sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak and Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, also replaces New Jersey's multiple absentee voting systems with one streamlined system for all mail-in voters.

Some States Wasting Money on Job Bidding Wars and Corporate Subsidies

Overall, federal recovery spending is working as intended, helping states provide needed services and avoid layoffs that would be worsening unemployment rates.  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that these funds are providing states with 40 percent of what is needed to help their budgets in balance over the next few fiscal years.  The recovery plan has provided states with flexibility in addressing key programs and priorities. Unfortunately, a number of states have wasted budget funds on trying to steal jobs from one another, as highlighted by Good Jobs First.

Progressive States Network Lauds NJ Governor and Legislative Sponsors for for passing innovative permanent absentee voting law

Yesterday, Governor Corzine signed A 2451, the Vote by Mail Law of 2008, bringing New Jersey's absentee voting procedures decisively into the 21st Century. The law, sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak and Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, replaces New Jersey's multiple absentee voting systems with one streamlined system for use by all voters. In addition the law now gives voters the option of permanently voting by mail, as is available in Colorado, California, Montana and Washington. Under this option voters could apply once to receive either a ballot in every election for the next year or receive ballots indefinitely for all general elections.