- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey appeals court has rejected a challenge to New Jersey’s voter registration deadlines.

The appellate court on Friday rejected a challenge by the Rutgers University Student Association to the rule that requires registrations at least 21 days before an election.

Judge Michael Haas wrote that the 21-day requirement doesn’t impose any unreasonable burdens upon people’s right to vote.

The Rutgers’ student group argued that the requirement prevents citizens from casting ballots and that it isn’t needed because of new electronic systems that verify registrations.

The state defended the requirement, arguing that the deadline is needed to prevent voter fraud.

The appeals court decision upholds a decision to dismiss the lawsuit by a judge in Middlesex County.

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