Democrats weigh letting parolees, convicts on probation vote in N.J. elections

TRENTON, N.J. – This week’s lame duck session in Trenton is busy, and among the controversial measures on the docket is an Assembly Appropriations Committee bill which, if passed and signed into law, would allow “persons who are on parole or probation due to a conviction for an indictable offense” voted in New Jersey elections.

A copy of A5823 is viewable here.

The bill excludes those convicts who are still serving active jail sentences.

Appropriations Committee members will consider the legislation on Thursday, November 14th at 1:00 PM.

New Jersey isn’t alone; several other states have adopted or are considering some level of convict enfranchisement. One 2018 estimate found approximately 150,000 New Jersey residents on parole or probation as of 2018.