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Gary E
02-24-2006, 04:41 PM
Thursday, February 23, 2006

TRENTON (AP) -- A New Jersey assemblyman is pushing to create a "driving privilege" card that would allow undocumented immigrants to motor legally on New Jersey roads.

Assemblyman Joseph Vas, D-Perth Amboy, is fine-tuning a bill that would allow Garden State residents to obtain drivers' licenses even if they can't prove they are legally in the United States.

The initiative aims to get around the pending federal "Real ID" program, which in 2008 will require state motor vehicle departments to verify legal residency of driver's license applicants. Drivers licenses from states that do not comply will no longer be usable as ID to board airplanes or enter federal buildings.

In anticipation, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has begun requiring new and renewing license applicants to prove legal residency.

Vas postponed a news conference scheduled for this morning in hope of melding his proposal with initiatives by Assemblyman Brian Stack, D-Union City.

Wendy Martinez, Stack's chief of staff, said such a bill is still in the discussion stage.

"We are looking to explore the possibility, but not committing ourselves," Martinez said. Stack, a member of the Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee, "is very much concerned with guaranteeing the safety of motorist and pedestrians in a bill that would address the concerns about people driving uninsured and without a license."

Eleven U.S. states do not require proof of legal residence to obtain drivers licenses. Two, Tennessee and Utah, have introduced initiatives similar to the one Vas is considering.

Advocates say undocumented immigrants are already in the New Jersey, and driving, so it serves the interest of public safety to make sure they are also passing driving tests.

"We need to stop being hypocrites and not accepting that they are an important part of the economy of our state," said Martin Perez, president of the Latino Leadership Alliance. "If we use this labor force, we have to assume some responsibility for making sure they get to their jobs legally and safely."

Not everyone is likely to agree. Assemblyman Christopher Connors, R-Lacey Township, has reintroduced a bill to prohibit the state from granting any license, contract, loan or tax abatement to New Jerseyans who cannot prove they are legal residents. I really line this part... or should it be called a "feature" ??

"is very much concerned with guaranteeing the safety of motorist and pedestrians in a bill that would address the concerns about people driving uninsured and without a license."
Are they really gona buy insurance??.....right...

Is NJ a state that allows one to vote if all you have is a drivers permit?

clancy
02-24-2006, 06:08 PM
Is NJ a state that allows one to vote if all you have is a drivers permit?You don't even need that.


Identification may include, but not limited to,

Any Current and Valid Photo ID:

Driverís license
Student or job ID
Military or other government ID
Store membership ID
United States passport
OR

Bank statement
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Government check or document
Non-photo driverís license
Rent receipt
Sample ballot
Utility bill
or any other official document

If you show identification, you will vote in the voting machine.

If you do not show identification, you will vote by provisional ballot and have until the close of business on the second day after the election to provide identification to the applicable county election office. You will be given a hand-out at the polling place that will tell you which county election office to contact. (click here to find your county election office)

YOU SHOULD BRING IDENTIFICATION WITH YOU TO THE POLLING PLACE IN CASE YOU NEED IT.

Absentee Ballot Voters

If you applied for an absentee ballot, and were required to show identification, you should have received a request for identification in your absentee ballot materials.

The identification requirement, however, does not apply to any absentee voter who receives a ballot because of temporary illness or a temporary or permanent disability or any absentee military or overseas civilian voter.

Our state slogan; Vote Early, Vote Often!

uncas
02-24-2006, 06:12 PM
Soon...states are gonna have to require a voter to have at least a GED...to minimize the problem voters have ofof not being able to follow directions on the voting machine...and minimizing future lawsuits and cries of being disenfranchized...

clancy
02-24-2006, 06:17 PM
There's no need to learn how the machine works.

Every registered voter in the state is now allowed to use an absentee ballot for all elections.

Vote Early, Vote Often!

Meerkat
02-24-2006, 06:43 PM
With Dibold voting machines, you don't even need voters... ;)

George Roberts
02-24-2006, 06:45 PM
Kentucky (may be the wrong state, but the right region) has/had a "driving privilege" card for the same purposes.

They have suspended that program.