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Voting is going to be different this year.  

BALLOTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY WASHINGTON TWP VOTERS

For the 2020 General Election all registered voters will receive a ballot by mail this year. They are in your mailbox by now.

The Basics:

  • All registered voters will be mailed a Mail-In Ballot.
  • You can return the ballot by:
    • Mail back your ballot – US Mail,
      • Place it in one of the secure ballot Drop Boxes (The two closest locations to Washington Township are in Chester Township and Mount Olive) or
      • Deliver it to the polling location, only on Election Day, Tuesday Nov 3, 2020 – 6 am to 8 pm
  • Mark, sign and return your ballot as soon as you can. If you cannot mail your ballot by about October 20th, you should consider taking it to one of the secure Drop Boxes in our county.
  • A reduced number of in-person polling places will be open in each municipality.  Only ONE will be open in Washington Township which will be at the Senior Center located at Rock Spring Park.
  • Ballots returned via US mail must be postmarked by Nov 3, 2020 and received no later than 8 pm on November 10th in order to be counted.

What is Vote by Mail?

  • Vote by mail (VBM) is a well-established system that has been used for over 150 years.
  • Voters are mailed a paper ballot, which they fill out and return to their local Board of Elections to be counted.
  • Ballots are returned by US mail, put in a secure Drop Box or hand-delivered to your polling place on Election Day, Nov 3rd.
  • A vote-by-mail ballot is the same thing as an “absentee ballot” or a “mail-in ballot.” 
  • The return postage for your ballots, should you choose to mail it, is prepaid. You will not need to add a postage stamp.
  • When you receive your ballot, fill in the circles to mark your votes. Be sure to sign it and try to remember how you signed when you first registered to vote. Non-matching signatures are one of the biggest reasons some ballots are rejected.
  • Voting by mail is safe, secure and time-tested. Five U.S. states vote by mail exclusively, and most active military vote this way.

For information see: Department of State, Division of Elections – New Jersey 2020 Voter Information Portal at https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote.shtml and Morris County Clerk – Elections at: https://morriscountyclerk.org/index.php/elections/; https://elections.morriscountynj.gov/ways-to-vote/; https://morriscountyclerk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/General-Election-EO-177-082820b.pdf; https://morriscountyclerk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/HOW-TO-VOTE-BY-MAIL.pdf



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