New Jersey Allows Early In-Person Voting

Gov. Phil Murphy signed the legislation alongside Georgia’s Stacey Abrams. CBS2's Meg Baker reports.

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- New Jersey will now allow early in-person voting. Governor Murphy signed the legislation, but now some county clerks question if the changes are possible by election day. CBS 2's Meg Baker reports.

PHIL MURPHY: Our democracy is made stronger when we make it easier for the people's voices to be heard.

MEG BAKER: Voters will be able to vote in person 10 days before a general election and six days before primaries. Voting would end two days before election day under the new law. Georgia's Stacey Abrams, a voting rights activist who is credited with helping break the GOP's hold on her state, joined the governor. Bills restricting ballot access are moving quickly in Republican-led states.

STACEY ABRAMS: We deserve to have a say in the direction of our nation. And when democracy is undermined by laws that we have seen passed, not only in Georgia, but-- We are seeing an onslaught, an attack on democracy. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon says it will be a very difficult transition to coordinate early voting by November. Counties lack the poll workers and infrastructure.

CHRISTINE HANLON: Our current equipment in Monmouth County is not set up at all for the ability to have multiple ballots on a particular device.

MEG BAKER: The Essex County Clerk says it may be more work for his office, but it's the right thing to do.

CHRIS DURKIN: It's a lot more paperwork, but in a good way. When you have more voices heard, democracy is stronger.

MEG BAKER: Republican State Senator Declan O'Scanlon supports early voting but says the state needs to help counties.

DECLAN O'SCANLON: It's another massive undertaking that we're dumping in their laps, without their input, without resources, and snapping our fingers at say, get it done.

MEG BAKER: O'Scanlon says estimates show the purchase of new voting machines and electronic poll books could cost more than $50 million. In Newark, Meg Baker, CBS 2 News.