As you may be aware, the New Jersey Association of Counties is challenging as an unfunded mandate before the Council on Local Mandates, P.L. 2018 c. 72, which requires county clerks to furnish mail-in ballots to all qualified voters in future elections without further request. In response to this challenge the State, through the Attorney General’s office, filed a motion to dismiss, and on Wednesday the Council held a hearing on this motion.
The League is closely monitoring this challenge as P.L. 2018 c. 72 will likely increase the costs passed on by counties to municipal governments for certain elections. There is no timeline for the council to issue a ruling on the State’s motion, and a ruling against dismissal does not end the case. The Council will still need to review the challenge on the merits.
We will continue to provide you updates as the case moves forward. In the meantime, for more information and to read the filing by both parties please visit the Council on Local Mandates website.