New Jersey enacts bill ensuring some voters get mail-in ballots

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Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a bill ensuring voters who got mail-in ballots in 2017 and 2018 will get them for future elections unless they opt out.

The governor signed the measure Wednesday after the Democrat-led Legislature quickly passed the legislation earlier this week.

The measure updates a 2018 law that mandated voters who signed up for and got mail-in ballots for the 2016 general election would continue to get those ballots for future elections, unless they opt out. But lawmakers said the law failed to specifically address voters who requested 2017 and 2018 mail-in ballots.

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The new measure requires that those voters also get mail-in ballots unless they opt out.

The state Legislature held a rare late-summer vote to advance the bill.

The bill also sets aside $2 million for counties to implement the law.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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