New Jersey Senate votes to expand early voting; Christie vetoed similar measure last year

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TRENTON, New Jersey — New Jersey's state Senate has approved expanding early voting opportunities, even though Gov. Chris Christie previously vetoed a similar measure.

The measure passed Monday would require each county to have several polling places open for 15 days before elections.

Voters already can cast ballots by mail or in person at county clerks' offices up to 45 days before elections. That option would still be available, but the change would bring in-person early voting to more locations.

State Sen. Nia Gill, a Democrat from Montclair, says better voting rules are needed after some problems with emergency voting measures occurred after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Christie vetoed a similar plan last year, citing the cost and a threat to the integrity of elections.

The state Assembly has not considered the change.

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