Testa wants new hearings on voter database legislation | Government and politics

TRENTON — State Sen. Michael Testa, R-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, used the day of the New Jersey primary election to voice his growing fear over voter registration, seeking support in the Senate of the state on legislation to clean up the state’s voter database.

Testa on Tuesday called on his Senate colleagues to hold hearings on a bill he is co-sponsoring with a handful of Republicans that would require New Jersey’s secretary of state to form a voter roll maintenance and cross-checking program.

The bill would also request an annual report for the governor and state legislature on certain voter registration data.

The bill was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on State Government, Gambling, Tourism and Historic Preservation on Jan. 11, according to the Legislature’s website.

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Testa’s latest concerns stem from a voter registration study by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2012 that she says serves as a public interest law firm dedicated to preserving the integrity of elections.

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The study claims that 8,239 New Jersey residents registered to vote twice or more, using variations of their names. The state voters list also has 2,398 registrants who appear to be 105 or older.

How the study was carried out or where its curators got its information is unclear.

“The fact that we are still faced with incorrect voter registrations after so many calls to correct our voters lists is as infuriating as it is mystifying,” Testa said in a statement Tuesday. “The Senate must move forward after more than four years of inaction by the Murphy administration to help secure and build voter confidence in our democratic process. I call on Senate leaders to schedule a hearing on legislation I co-sponsored with other Republican caucus members to protect the integrity of New Jersey’s elections.

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