Gov. Phil Murphy signed A-5176 on July 27, which aims to improve voter confidence in the reporting of election results by requiring periodic reporting of vote tallies beginning on the night of primary and general elections until all eligible ballots have been counted and the election is certified, according to a news release.
The required report details will include the number and types of ballots that have been received and, to the extent possible, the number and types of ballots that have been counted and that remain to be counted. Reporting shall commence by 11:59 p.m. on the day of each primary and general election and shall be updated by 9 p.m. every day thereafter until the certification of the election. This information is particularly useful in close races where late-counted mail-in or provisional ballots could determine the outcome of an election.
“In the past few years, we have witnessed attacks on our democracy across the country, resulting in the spread of disinformation and misinformation surrounding our elections,” Murphy said. “In an effort to make election results more transparent in our state, today I gladly signed A-5176 requiring the periodic reporting of election results. Here in New Jersey, our voters can be certain that we are working hard to make sure our elections are conducted in a way that bolsters public confidence in our democracy.”
The bill appropriates $1.5 million to the Department of State, which houses the state’s Division of Elections, for the implementation of these election requirements.
“At a time when incorrect information is undermining faith in our democracy, this legislation underscores the importance of getting timely and uniformly reported election information directly from state and county election officials,” said Secretary of State Tahesha Way. “This new law helps us improve voter trust and understanding that New Jersey elections are free, fair, and secure.”
Upon the certification of the election, election personnel from each county will be required to provide the district level results for the in-person early voting period, the election day vote, and the Vote-By-Mail vote on the county clerk’s website.
The prime sponsors for this bill are Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senator Andrew Zwicker.
Learn more by reading the full news release.