2020 election

The FACTS on How VOTING in the General Election Will Take Place in NJ

VOTING IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR

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All active NJ registered voters will receive their ballots in the mail directly from the Morris County Clerk’s office.  All ballots from the County Clerk will be mailed no later than October 5th.  So, expect it in your mailbox around that date.

There will be no sample ballots mailed out, so, what you receive IS THE BALLOT.

You will need to MARK IT, SIGN IT & RETURN IT.

You can return it:

  1. Via US Mail – the envelope is preaddressed and pre-stamped or
  2. Via Drop box – there will be 10 secure drop boxes in Morris County or
  3. You can drop it off at your polling place on Election Day, Tuesday Nov 3rd or
  4. Deliver it directly to the Board of Elections Office in Morristown.

You can vote in person on November 3rd, but you will NOT be voting by machine. You’ll be required to fill out a Provisional (paper) Ballot. No one is voting by machine.  Only one polling location will be open in Washington Township.

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


HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR BALLOT:

Mark it, Sign it, Return it.

  • Review the instructions enclosed with the Ballot
  • MARK it – Fill in the circle completely with black or blue pen next to candidate’s name you are voting for
  • Put Ballot in the inner certificate envelope
  • SIGN & Fill out the certificate. Do NOT detach the certificate
  • Put inner certificate envelope into the pre-addressed stamped mailing envelope.
  • Seal the Envelope
  • Return by US Mail, putting in a Drop Box or delivery to your Polling location Election Day or directly to the Board of Elections in Morris County Administration Building in Morristown. Note: There is only ONE polling location in Washington Township on Election Day.

Instructional video below is from NJ Secretary of State’s Office refers to the PRIMARY election ballots but instructions are generally the same

Instructional video above is from NJ Spotlight – refers to the PRIMARY election ballots but instructions are generally the same


DROP BOX INFORMATION:

Concerned about the Postal Service?  Then you can drop off your mail-in ballot in a secure Drop Box.  There will be secure Drop Boxes located throughout Morris County.

Drop Boxes resemble a FedEx box, but are Red, White & Blue, and display “Morris County – Official Ballot Drop Box”. Five (5) locations are currently set, and the remaining drop boxes will be installed prior to the ballots being mailed out.

Drop boxes are secure:

  • All are outside and bolted into concrete
  • They are under video surveillance 24/7
  • Each Drop Box can be opened/closed only with a unique set of keys for that specific mailbox. Only the Board of Elections (not the United States Postal Service) has access to those keys.
  • Employees of the Board of Elections pick up ballots from each Drop Box at least once each day. All Security measures will be followed when collecting and transporting the ballots.

Current Drop Box Locations:

  1. Morris County Administration & Records Building
    10 Court Street, Morristown NJ 07960
    (Outside front entrance)
  2. Mount Olive Municipal Building
    204 Flanders/Drakestown Road, Budd Lake NJ 07828
    (Parking Lot entrance to Municipal Offices)
  3. Rockaway Twp. Municipal Building
    65 Mount Hope Road, Rockaway, NJ 07866
    (Outside Police Department)
  4. Montville Municipal Building
    195 Changebridge Road, Montville, NJ 07045
    (In front of Municipal Building)
  5. Madison Public Safety Complex
    62 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940
    (Commuter Parking Lot 3)

Drop box locations expected to be in place by the end of September:

  1. Chester Township Municipal Building
    1 Parker Road. Chester, NJ 07930
    Parking Lot by Clothing Drop Box
  2. Denville Municipal Building
    1 St. Mary’s Place, Denville, NJ 07834
    Outside Main Entrance
  3. Jefferson Municipal Building
    1033 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
    Outside Main Entrance
  4. Kinnelon Borough Town Hall
    130 Kinnelon Road, Kinnelon, NJ 07405
    Parking Lot – Back Entrance
  5. Long Hill Town Hall
    915 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933
    Side Entrance
  6. Mendham Boro Police Department
    3 Cold Hill Rd, South, Mendham, NJ 07945
    Outside Front Entrance
  7. Parsippany Municipal Building
    1001 Parsippany Blvd, Parsippany, NJ 07054
    Outside Main Entrance – Facing Route 287
  8. Randolph Municipal Building
    502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph 07869
    Outside Main Entrance
  9. Roxbury Township Town Hall
    1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852
    Outside Main Entrance
  10. Wharton Municipal Building
    10 Robert Street, Wharton 07885
    Outside Main Entrance

See: https://elections.morriscountynj.gov/ways-to-vote/


MAILING YOUR BALLOT:

  • Mark, SIGN and Return your ballot as soon as you can
  • If you cannot mail your ballot by about October 15th, you should consider taking it to one of the secure Drop Boxes in our county
  • Ballots sent via US mail must be postmarked by Nov 3, 2020 and received no later than 8:00 pm on November 10th
  • The envelopes are preaddressed and pre-stamped so there is no need to add postage
  • Make sure you have filled in the circles next to the candidates name you are voting for
  • Make sure you have signed the certification and left it attached before placing your ballot in the mailing envelope

POLLING PLACES IN WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

Election Official: Nina DiGregorio, Clerk – Phone: (908) 876-3315

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Polling Places in Washington Township
WardDistrictLocation
AllAllSenior Citizen’s Center
35 East Springtown Road, Long Valley
First Floor
GPS: 40.7961478, -74.7950384
Only one location will be open in Washington Township

Note: Due to COVID-19, the number of polling places in each town will be reduced for the November 3rd election. This will follow the guidelines specified in Executive Order 177.

If you have a disability and need an accessible ballot, vote at a polling place on election day, where you’ll be given a headset and accessible device to allow you to cast your votes.

All other voters are strongly encouraged to vote by mail ballot. If you come to a polling place, you will only be allowed to vote using a Provisional (paper) Ballot. No one is voting by machine.  Only one location will be open in Washington Township (see above).


AM I A REGISTERED VOTER?

Check if you are registered:

  • To check if you are registered,  click here.
  • Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 13th. However, if you need to register or update your registration, you should do so right away. There are a number of steps required to assure that you records will be updated and you receive your mailed ballot on time. In addition, the Post Office is experiencing a slow-down in services. So, don’t delay!
  • To register.  You can find the registration form for Morris County here. Print it, fill it out and mail it in.
  • To register.  You can register ONLINE to vote. (keep scrolling – more information about online registration is below)
  • If you don’t have a printer, You can call the County Clerk’s office, or the Municipal Clerks office and they will mail the form to you or arrange for you to pick one up.
  • If you are on parole or probation, you can still register to vote.  Formerly incarcerated people on parole or probation are allowed to register and vote.

Am I an Active Voter?

  • An “inactive” voter is a person whose election mail, such as a sample ballot, was returned by the Post Office to the county as undeliverable, or
  • A voter is tagged as “inactive” and is removed from the system if they do not vote over a span of two federal elections
  • If an “inactive” voter votes in an election within the span of two federal elections, they become “active” again.
  • You can check your status, if you have any questions, with Morris County Board of Elections, 10 Court St, Second Floor, Morristown, NJ 07960 – 973-285-6715

Register to Vote Deadline = OCTOBER 13th

October 13, 2020 – Voter Registration Deadline for General Election (21 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:31-6


Register to Vote

You can register ONLINE to vote.

Click green button below for the online form to register to vote.

See NJ Secretary of State – Division of Elections at: https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/register

What You Will Need:

To register online, you will need your date of birth and one of the following forms of identification:

  • A current and valid Driver’s License or a non-driver Identification Card (ID card) issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC)
    Your information will be provided to the MVC to validate identification, and to retrieve a copy of your digitized signature.
  • Social Security number
    To use your social security number, you must have the ability to sign on-screen or upload your signature to complete the registration process. If you are unable to provide a digital signature, you can not register online. Click here to download the voter registration application for your county.

TRACK YOUR RETURNED BALLOT:

To check the status of your mail-in ballot to make sure it was received, follow these steps:

  1. First, make sure you are registered to vote.
  2. Next, sign up for an NJ Department of Elections public access account.
    1. You will need to know your Voter ID number, which is located above the barcode on the back of the ballot return envelope. Be sure to make note of that number before returning your ballot. You may also use your Social Security number or driver’s license, but we understand that using your Voter ID number is easier. 
  3. Once you’re logged in, click on the “Mail-in Ballot” button. Your entire history of mail-in voting will be listed here. If your ballot hasn’t been received yet, it won’t be listed.
  4. You may contact your County Clerk or Board of Elections to find out if your ballot has been received. but it’s not recommended (both will be under a lot of stress during the hectic weeks pre- and post-election). The state’s online system should be your first choice for tracking your ballot.
  5. Allow a week after submitting your ballot to inquire.

Also see: https://elections.morriscountynj.gov/ways-to-vote/ and https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot.shtml


SAMPLE BALLOT:

Click on link above for a larger view or See Morris County Clerk at: https://morriscountyclerk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Washington-2020-General-Sample-MIB.pdf


General Election Information

Official Public Questions
Public Question No. 1: Legalize Marijuana – Public Question No. 1 – English
Public Question No. 1 – Espanol
Public Question No. 1 – Gujarati
Public Question No. 1 – Korean
Public Question No. 2: Property Tax Deduction and Exemption for Peacetime Veterans – Public Question No. 2 – English
Public Question No. 2 – Espanol
Public Question No. 2 – Gujarati
Public Question No. 2 – Korean
Public Question No. 3: Change the Legislative Redistricting Schedule If Census Data Is Delayed – Public Question No. 3 – English
Public Question No. 3 – Espanol
Public Question No. 3 – Gujarati
Public Question No. 3 – Korean
Official General Election Candidates
General Election Candidates: U.S. President
Candidates email: U.S. President
General Election Candidates: U.S. Senate
Candidates email: U.S. Senate
General Election Candidates: U.S. House of Representatives
Candidates email: U.S. House of Representatives
General Election Candidates: State Senate
Candidate email: State Senate
General Election Candidates: General Assembly
Candidates email: General Assembly

THE VOTE IS THE MOST POWERFUL NONVIOLENT TOOL WE HAVE.

John Lewis

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