Gov. Murphy Signs Automatic Voter Registration Bill

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Governor Phil Murphy signed a new bill into law that will make voter registration automatic for New Jersey residents who interact with the state's Motor Vehicle Commission.

Murphy signed the new measure on Tuesday, April 17th, saying: "The law is needed in the age of President Trump and voter suppression."

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New Jersey is now the 12th state — plus the District of Columbia — to have automatic voter registration in place.

The new law says that voters should be given a chance to opt out of registration when they're dealing with the Motor Vehicle Commission.

The bill passed last week, despite opposition from Republicans who argued it attempted to address a problem that isn't an issue.

Census and state election data show that 95-percent of eligible voters were registered in 2016.

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