Shore bill would keep domestic abuse victim addresses confidential in state files
Domestic violence victims would be able to keep their addresses concealed in voter and driver registration records, if a shore-sponsored bill in the state Assembly becomes law.
Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-12), whose Lisa's Law to enable electronic monitoring of convicted abusers awaits an Assembly vote, introduced the measure this morning.
The Plumsted Republican contends that there is an imperative in keeping confidential the home address of a victim of stalking or violence by a spouse or partner.
"Maintaining a veil of privacy is essential for the peace of mind and safety of victims who live in fear and are forced to constantly watch over their shoulders," Dancer said in a prepared statement. "We want to make it clear that they can legally sign up to vote without placing themselves at risk."
Driver's license applicants are given an option of registering to vote through the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission's electronic signature pad system.
Dancer's bill would require NJMVC to offer voter registration updates and issue the advisory that domestic violence victims can withhold their addresses.