The first civil rights legislation to reach Phil Murphy’s desk once he becomes governor may be a bill that will give convicted felons the right to vote, whether they are on parole, probation, or in prison. As it stands now, only those who complete the terms of their probation are allowed to register to vote. That amounts to over 94,300 people in the state, according to the Institute for Social Justice.
Given Murphy’s position as an advocate for social justice, it is likely he will support such a bill. State Sens. Ronald Rice (D-Essex) and Sandra Cunningham (D-Hudson) have announced plans to propose new legislation that does just that at the start of the administration.