NEWTON, NJ—The 2019 general election will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Election Day is not a federal holiday, but it is a state holiday in New Jersey. Since Election Day is not a federal holiday, there will be mail delivery on November 5. State offices and courts will be closed. The Division of Motor Vehicles and Inspection stations are closed. New Jersey school districts have the option to close on Election Day. Banks are open as is the stock market. Retail stores, restaurants and most businesses throughout the state are open on Election Day.

The ballot for Sussex County, as specifically pertaining to the Town of Newton is as follows:

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State: General Assembly two-year term (vote for two)

  • F Parker Space- Republican
  • Harold J. “Hal” Wirths-Republican
  • Deana Lykins- Democratic
  • Dan Soloman Smith- Democratic
  • Write in # 1
  • Write in #2

County: Sheriff Three-year term (vote for one)

  • Michael F. Strada-Republican
  • No nomination made- Democratic
  • Write in

County: Freeholder three-year term (vote for two)

  • Anthony J Fasano- Republican
  • Sylvia Petillo-republican
  • No nomination made-democratic
  • No nomination made-democratic
  • Write in #1
  • Write in #2

Municipal: no seats open for town council

Municipal school: Newton Board of Education three-year term (vote for three)

  • Raymond Morris
  • Anthony Neggers II
  • Edward Caffrey
  • Write in #1
  • Write in #2
  • Write in #3

There are also two questions on this years’ ballot, one which is statewide and one which is county wide.

Statewide question: Constitutional amendment to give certain Veterans’ benefits to residents of continuing care retirement communities

Do you approve amending the Constitution to allow eligible veterans to receive the value of the veterans’ property tax deduction if their reside in a continuing care retirement community? The deduction shall be provided to a continuing care retirement community, which shall pass the value of the deduction on to the eligible veterans who live there.

**Interpretive statement**: This amendment would allow eligible veterans who live in continuing care retirement communities to receive the value of the $250 property tax deduction currently granted to veterans who reside in a private residence. This amendment would give the veterans’ property tax deduction to continuing care retirement communities on behalf of eligible veterans who live there. The total amount of the deduction would be based on the number of eligible veterans who live there. The community would be required to pass the value of the deduction on to each eligible veteran. Deductions would no be paid to continuing care retirement communities that are property tax-exempt. An eligible veteran who receives the value of a deduction through continuing care retirement community cannot receive a veterans’ property tax deduction on any other home he or she owns or in which a spouse lives. Eligible veterans must be New Jersey residents. They must have served om the military in time of war, or other emergency. They must be honorably discharged.

County question: Sussex County Public Question

Should the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Sussex cooperate with and make reasonably available to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents the tools, resources, personnel, and real, personal and intellectual property owned by the County, under its direct control.

**Interpretive statement**: The Public Question seeks to ascertain the sentiments of the voters of the County of Sussex on whether the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Sussex County should cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to assist in complying with and enforcing federal immigration law and, to this end, make County-owned tools, resources, personnel, and real, personal, and intellectual property reasonably available to ICE.

Polling places for the November 5, 2019 election day include: Newton Firehouse on 22 Mill Street, Newton Municipal building on 39 Trinity Street, Newton First Aid Squad Building on 68 Sussex Street and First United Methodist Church on 111 Ryerson Ave.