The local non-partisan municipal election in South Orange is just under two months away.
Who's on the ballot?
Village Municipal Clerk Kevin Harris administered a drawing on Friday that determined the candidates' name placement on the ballot. The drawing was done to give the candidates an equal and fair chance of getting their names placed on the top line of the ballot. Three trustee seats and the village president seat are up for election this May. Several candidates attended the drawing in the municipal building.
Current Village Trustee Deborah Davis Ford, who is running for village president, and Stacey Trimble Borden, Edward Grossi, and Matt Wonski, each running for a trustee seat, will be listed on Line A of the ballot.
Current Village President Sheena Collum, who is running for re-election as president, will be listed on Line B.
Trustee candidates Bob Zuckerman, Summer Jones, and Donna Coallier will be listed on Line C.
Trustee candidates Braynard "Bobby" Brown, Edward Moore and Toshie Davis will be listed on Line D.
The municipal clerk does a ballot drawing every two years, which is how often an election is held in South Orange. There are several ways a drawing can be done, explained Municipal Clerk Kevin Harris, some of which include putting names in a box or inside of plastic Easter eggs that are all the same color. Names this year were written on reddish-pink colored post-its and placed inside of an empty tissue box before they were drawn.
"The drawing is designed to ensure fairness and impartially," said Harris.
Candidates for village president are drawn first and appear on the ballot from top to bottom in the order they were picked. The trustee names are then picked and placed on the ballot in the order they were chosen. The election process for non-partisan elections, like the election in South Orange, is governed by a New Jersey State Statute called Title 40.
Non-partisan candidates also have the option to bracket their names together on the ballot and can use up to a six word slogan for their slate, according to Essex County Clerk Christopher Durkin.
"The ballot draw is important so that each candidate has a fair and equal opportunity at the first available position on the ballot," said Durkin.
The 2019 municipal election in South Orange will be held on Tuesday, May 14.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Polling locations include:
District 1: Fr. Vincent Monella Center of Italian Culture, 133 Fairview Ave.
District 2: Marshall School, 262 Grove Road
District 3: South Orange Middle School, 70 North Ridgewood Road
District 4: Our Lady of Sorrows Church (lower level), Fourth Street
District 6: Baird Community Center, 5 Mead St.
District 7: South Mountain Annex, 112 Glenview Road
District 8: Baird Community Center, 5 Mead St.
District 9: First Presbyterian and Trinity Church, 111 Irvington Ave.
District 10: Marshall School, 262 Grove Road
District 11: First Presbyterian and Trinity Church, 111 Irvington Ave.
District 12: Seton Hall University, Walsh Library, 400 South Orange Ave.
District 13: South Orange Middle School, 70 North Ridgewood Road
*Note: There is no District 5.