HAWTHORNE, NJ - Today, June 16, is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming July 7 primary election.

According to the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Elections, for someone in Hawthorne to register to vote, a person must be a US citizen, at least 17 years old but may not vote until having reached the age of 18, a resident of Passaic county for 30 days before the election, and be a person "not serving a sentence of incarceration as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States."

Those who were already registered to vote received a mail in ballot from the Office of the Passaic County Clerk.

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

The website also provided guidance for voters with respect to the coronavirus pandemic.

"In light of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 144 on May 15, 2020 which requires the County Clerk to send all Unaffiliated and Inactive Democratic and Republican registered voters a Vote-by-Mail Ballot application for the upcoming July 7, 2020 Primary Election. You will receive an application because you are a registered Unaffiliated voter or a voter with an Inactive status that is entitled to vote in the July 7, 2020 Primary Election.

"Because New Jersey is a closed Primary Election state, in order to receive a ballot, an Unaffiliated voter must choose to be affiliated with the Democratic or Republican party to receive that Party’s Vote by Mail Ballot. You may return to an Unaffiliated status following the Primary Election by completing and returning a Party Declaration Form to your County Commissioner of Registration.

"A voter may apply for a Mail-In Ballot by mail up to 7 days prior to the election."

Sample ballots can be found on the Passaic County website.  Click for Hawthorne's Republican primary sample ballot or Democratic primary sample ballot.

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