MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Township will have four in-person polling sites for the general election on Nov. 3. Township Clerk Elizabeth Fritzen made the announcement at tonight’s Township Committee meeting. Maplewood had three polling sites in the July primary. 

“It is a mostly vote by mail election,” said Fritzen, but the locations make it easier “if you choose to go and vote [on] a provisional paper ballot.” The locations will be Maplewood Community Center in DeHart Park, the Municipal Building, the Woodland, and Clinton Elementary School. Voting machines will be only for the use of disabled voters.

The locations will be geographically assigned, which will “make a lot more sense to the voters” than the random assignment of polling places in July, Fritzen said.

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She also mentioned the commitment by Essex County to place a secure ballot drop box at the Police and Court Building. “That’s going to be installed by our Public Works and monitored by cameras. Maplewood voters can drop their ballot in any Essex County box,” she noted. “It does not have to be the Maplewood box.” The ballot can also be mailed in, or brought to a polling site on election day. 

The changes were a result of a 90-minute meeting on Monday which “covered the concerns we had from the primary election,” said Fritzen. Representatives from Maplewood, including Mayor Frank McGehee, Committee Member Vic De Luca, Fritzen, and resident Michelle Bobrow — whom Fritzen called “our master poll worker” — met with representatives of Essex County, including the Chief of Staff, the County Clerk, and the Clerk of the Board of Elections. 

Ballots will be mailed Sept. 28; if a registered voter does not receive a ballot, they may go to the polls to vote provisionally, said Fritzen.

 

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