Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New Jersey's Post-Election Audit Bill Goes to the Governor!

January 8, 2008

It's alive -- and it's almost a law!

Special-event parking tax surcharges, motor vehicle fines and fees and orthotic appliance health benefit coverage. Such is the business of state government.

But today
at 1:06 AM, at the end of a grueling 12-hour lame-duck session, the New Jersey General Assembly made history by passing A2730/S507, the state's landmark post-election audit bill, by a bi-partisan vote of 53 to 19.

You can watch history in the making here at time index 11:57:35:
http://rmserver.njleg.state.nj.us/internet/2008/A/0107-1200PM-1.wmv

The bill -- which is the first in the nation to require hand counts of enough votes to confirm the outcomes reported by electronic vote-counting systems independently of software -- now goes to Governor Corzine for his signature.

Put your hands together for the NJ Legislature!

(Oh, and they also abolished the death penalty. ;-)

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