NEWTON, NJ – Petitions are available for candidates seeking positions on the Newton Town Council and Newton Board of Education.

Two seats are going to be on the ballot for town council.  Deputy Mayor Daniel Flynn’s and Councilwoman Helen LeFrois’ terms are expiring this year.

Three seats are going to be on the ballot for the board of education.  Board president Stella Dunn's and board members Tina Larson's and Lisa Qarmout's terms are expiring this year.  The three of the seats are for 3-year terms.

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Town Council petition packets are available through the Newton Municipal Clerk, Lorraine A. Read.  She may be reached at 973-383-3521 ext. 232.

The town council petitions are due in the Sussex County Clerk’s office by 4 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Candidates for Board of Education can download the nominating petition for filing as individual candidates or jointly as a ticket on the Sussex County Clerk’s website.  Each candidate is required to get at least 10 signatures.

The petitions for board of education candidates must be turned in to the Sussex County Clerk’s office by 4 p.m. on July 27 to be eligible to be on the November ballot.

Timeline according to the Sussex County Clerk’s office:

  • August 10 general election and board of education ballot positions are drawn at 3 p.m.
  • August 25 is the last day a board of education candidate can withdraw their petition from the ballot.  If this happens, a new nominating petition can be filed by August 31, to replace the withdrawn candidate on the ballot in November.
  • September 4 is the last day a board of education candidate can withdraw their petition from the ballot without being replaced.
  • October 27 is the last day to apply for a mail-in ballot for the November election.
  • October 31 is a special opening day for the county clerk’s office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for residents to apply for a mail-in ballot in person.
  • November 2 is the last day to apply in person for a mail-in ballot.  The application must be made before 3 p.m. at the Sussex County Clerk’s office.
  • November 3 is election day with polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Mail-in ballots can be hand carried to the county clerk’s office until close of polls.

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