Chicago, IL– iVote, a national movement to expand access to voting, announced today that it has launched a campaign in New Jersey encouraging Governor Chris Christie to sign the Democracy Act into law. Passed with support from members of both parties, the Democracy Act would implement a host of reforms aimed at increasing voter turnout, including the introduction of online voter registration, in-person early voting, and automatic voter registration.
“The Democracy Act would remove a burden for voters, making it easier to vote and increase participation," said Ellen Kurz, iVote’s founder and president. “In the face of record-breaking low voter turnout, this bipartisan bill is an important opportunity to strengthen New Jersey’s democracy. Governor Christie should seize it.”
New Jersey is currently ranked 39th in percent of eligible citizens registered to vote. In last month’s primary election, only 5.1% of voters showed up to the polls -- breaking a 90 year record for lowest turnout.
iVote’s campaign includes significant investments in paid media and organizing New Jerseyans to encourage Governor Christie to sign the bill. The campaign has already produced hundreds of phone calls to Governor Christie’s office in support of the bill and made significant paid media buys on high traffic NJ news sites. In the coming weeks, iVote will continue its efforts to ensure this historic bill is signed into law.
iVote, a voting rights campaign dedicated to the powerful notion that every eligible citizen should vote, recently launched an offensive against orchestrated efforts to block people from voting.The iVote Board of Directors includes Doug Sosnik, Frank Smith, Ellen Kurz, Jeremy Bird, Michael Blake, Rachael Cobb, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, and Pete Giangreco. iVote is being advised by 270 Strategies, AKPD, David Binder Research, and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.