’s Eric Kiefer Reports

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — In 1844, New Jersey passed a law that stripped residents of their right to vote after a criminal conviction. But on Wednesday – 175 years later – that right was restored to thunderous applause from civil rights advocates, former prisoners and their supporters.

During a ceremony in Essex County, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to restore voting rights to New Jersey residents on probation or parole. The new law is expected to affect more than 80,000 people. It will take effect in 90 days. (Read the full bill)

The voting rights bill was sponsored by Assembly members Shavonda Sumter, Cleopatra Tucker, Jamel Holley and Britnee Timberlake, and Sens. Ronald Rice and Sandra Cunningham.