MORRISTOWN, NJ - The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed New Jersey's traditional June Primary Election by one month and will dramatically impact how this year's vote will be handled by individual towns and the Somerset County Board of Elections.
Tuesday, July 7th is Primary Day, but very few people will be going to the polls, because most polling places have been shut down to minimize close personal contact as per Gov. Phil Murphy's Executive Order of May 15.
Instead, mail-in ballots have replaced the traditional in-person voting, with the bulk of the mail-in ballots already returned.
Presidential, US Senate, Congressional, and local, county, and state candidates are listed on the Primary ballot which was mailed to both Republican and Democratic voters. Unaffiliated and Inactive voters were mailed a special application to fill out if they wanted to receive a ballot for the July 7th Primary;
The Executive Order directed the following:
Registered, active Democrats and Republicans would be mailed ballots automatically;
A limited number of polling place are allowed to be open on Election Day where only provisional paper ballots will be available to cast a vote. Voters who need an accessible ballot may call the County Clerk’s Office or go to their assigned polling place where there will be an accessible voting device on Primary Election Day.
Polls are to be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m
A sample ballot is to be posted at each polling place. Sample ballots were not mailed out.
Voters who receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot are encouraged to vote and mail their ballot to the Morris County Board of Elections in the postage paid envelope. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than 8 p.m. on July 7, 2020.
Ballots may also be placed in one of five secure Election Ballot Drop Boxes located throughout the County. The deadline for placing it in one of the secure drop boxes or for delivering your ballot in person to the Morris County Board of Elections is 8 p.m. on July 7, 2020.
Drop boxes are located at the Morris County Administration & Records Building 10 Court Street Morristown, The Mount Olive Municipal Building 204 Flanders/Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, The Rockaway Township Municipal Building 65 Mount Hope Road, Rockaway, The Montville Municipal Building 195 Changebridge Road Montville and the Madison Dodge Memorial Building 62 Kings Road Madison.
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