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Franklin Township: 5 Things to Know about Election Day Nov. 7

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - TAPinto Franklin Township put together a list of five things you need to know about November's election. 

1) Election districts 14, 15, 16, and 20 polling locations have been relocated to the following locations:

Districts 14, and 15, previously located at Quail Brook Senior Citizen Center, have been relocated to Masjid-E-Ali, 47 Cedar Grove Lane, Somerset.

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District 16 previously located at the Community/Senior Center, has been relocated to Masjid-E-Ali, 47 Cedar Grove Lane, Somerset.

District 20 has moved from the Community/Senior Center to Quailbrook Senior Citizen Center, 625 New Brunswick Road, Somerset. 

Your polling place is listed on your sample ballot. If you do not have your sample ballot, you may look up your polling place by clicking here.

2) The Voter Registration Deadline is Oct. 17

To register in New Jersey you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • I am at least 17 years old, and understand that I may not vote until reaching the age of 18.
  • A resident of the county for 30 days before the election
  • You are NOT currently serving a sentence, probation or parole because of a felony conviction

The registrant must complete a Voter Registration Application Form. Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application Form to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for your county.

The voter registration form for Somerset County can be found at:

English 

http://www.njelections.org/form_pdf/voter-regis-forms/68-voter-registration-english-somerset.pdf

Spanish 

http://www.njelections.org/form_pdf/voter-regis-forms/68-voter-registration-spanish-somerset.pdf

3) Somerset County Election Candidate List can be found below:

Franklin Township will have two residents running for Freeholder, one for Senate and three for Assembly. 

Two seats are available for three-year Freeholder term and one seat for a three-year term each Township Council Ward seat.  

Office Candidate Party Affiliation 
Freeholder Brian D. Levine* Republican
Brian Gallagher Republican
Shanel Robinson Democrat
Alex Avellan Democrat
Township Council Ward One Theodore (Ted) Chase* Democrat
Laxman Kandur Republican
Township Council Ward Two Scott Siegel Republican
William (Will) Galtieri Democrat
Township Council Ward Three Charles Onyejiaka* Democrat
Beverly Briggs-Lawson Republican
Township Council Ward Four Carl Wright* Democrat
Estelle M. Mitzen Republican 
Township Council Ward Five James Vassanella* Democrat
Nabil B. Choueiri Republican

                                                                                                                Incumbent*

17th DISTRICT (Senate 1 seat and Assembly 2 seats)

SENATE ASSEMBLY

SENATE ASSEMBLY

Bob Smith (D)

Joe Danielsen (D)

Daryl Kipnis (R)

Joseph Egan (D)

 

Robert Quinn (R)

 

Nadine Wilkins (R

4) Franklin Township Board of Education election will be a contested race in November with six people running for three seats. 

Current Board of Education President Ed Potosnak and Patricia E. Stanley are the only incumbents seeking re-election. The other four candidates are  Michelle L. Shelton, Nishita Desai, Michael J. Smith, and Andre T. Fryson. 

5) Gubernatorial Candidate Statements

The New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act, N.J.S.A. 19:44A-37, allows candidates for the office of Governor to provide a statement, not exceeding 500 words, to assist the voters of this State in making their determination among the candidates.

Click here for submitted statements. 

TAPinto Franklin Township provides candidates with many options to get their campaign messages out:

Candidate Statements:  Candidates can submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos) from March 27, 2017, through the week before the election. Publication of candidate statements is at the sole discretion of the editor of that town’s site.  No statements will be published from the Sunday before the election through the day of the election.  

Statements must be factually accurate and not defamatory.  Should there be questions as to the factual accuracy of a statement, the candidate will be asked to provide documentation for their claims.  

Should they fail to do so, the statement will not be published until the candidate revises the statement accordingly.  Similarly, should a statement be deemed factually inaccurate or defamatory it will not be published and the candidate will have the option to revise their statement accordingly.  

If a statement is published and later is alleged to be factually inaccurate, the statement will be temporarily removed from the site and the candidate will be asked to provide documentation for their claims.  Should they do so, the statement will be republished.  Should they fail to do so, they can revise their statement accordingly or it will remain unpublished.  Statements should be submitted to the site directly.It’s easy, quick and free. To submit a statement, sign up for an account on Candidate Statements

Letters to the Editor:  Anyone can submit Letters to the Editor at any time up until the day before Election Day. Publication of Letters to the Editor is at the sole discretion of the editor of TAPinto Franklin Township. They must be factually accurate and not defamatory.  They must not be anonymous.  The letter writer must submit their phone number with their letter.  

The phone number will not be published – it will be used for verification purposes. Should the letter be deemed inaccurate or defamatory, the letter will not be published and the letter writer will be offered the opportunity to either provide documentation for their claims or to revise their letter accordingly.  Letters should be submitted directly on the site.
 
Press Releases:  Anyone can submit a press release.  Publication of press releases is at the sole discretion of the editor of TAPinto Franklin Township.  The press release must be factually accurate and not defamatory. Should the press release be deemed inaccurate or defamatory, the press release will not be published and the author will be offered the opportunity to either provide documentation for their claims or revise the release accordingly.  Press releases MUST be submitted directly on the site for consideration for publication.

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