ROXBURY, NJ – When it comes to voter turnout, Roxbury is doing well so far. But there’s room for improvement, said Mayor Bob DeFillippo on Tuesday.
DeFillippo addressed the upcoming election during his “community update” comments preceding the virtual meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council. He pointed out that Election Day is less than a week away and urged registered voters to participate.
“There has been a brisk and steady stream of voters using the secure lock box behind Town Hall,” said the mayor. As of Tuesday night, 6,842 of the township’s 18,968 voters had cast ballots, he said.
“Not bad, but it could be much better,” DeFillippo commented.
He pointed out that, by Tuesday, the vote tally was about half of the total number of votes cast during the 2016 Presidential Election. During that election, 12,550 people from Roxbury voted, according to DeFillippo.
However, in 2016 Roxbury had 1,842 fewer registered voters than today, he pointed out.
“We urge every registered voter to vote in next Tuesday’s election,” DeFillippo said. “You can still mail your completed ballot or – better yet -- you can put your completed ballot in the secure lock box at Town Hall. You may also vote at two polling places in Roxbury on Election Day. They are located at the Senior Center at Horseshoe Lake or at Town Hall. Please make sure you go to the polling place for your part of town.”
'NJ Got it Right'
Due to COVID-19, there will be no voting machines at those polling places. Voters can hand-in completed ballots there or ask poll workers to give them provisional ballots to be filled-out on-site.
“You should be aware that a provisional ballot may not be counted for many days after the election,” DeFillippo added.
During the meeting, Roxbury Councilman Mark Crowley praised the pandemic-altered voting procedure.
"I think the State of New Jersey got it right when it came to voting and doing the mail-in ballots," he said. "When I see the rest of the country, especially New York this weekend - the long lines and what people have to go through for their right to vote - it's unbelievable. And I just want to say that I think the State of New Jersey got it right by giving us all the mail-in ballots. The next step is to fill them out and get them in."
The only local race involves the Roxbury Board of Education, where three, 3-year seats will be filled.
Incumbent board members Joseph Bocchino, Heather Champagne and Anne Colucci are being challenged by newcomers Ralph Casendio and Sharon MacGregor. You can read candidate statements here.
At the county level, incumbent Morris County Freeholder Tayfun Selen, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Cary Amaro.
At the state level, incumbent state Assemblywoman Aura Dunn is being challenged by Democrat Darcy Draeger and incumbent state Senator Anthony Bucco is being challenged by Democrat Rupande Mehta.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Thomas Kean, Jr. for a U.S. House of Representatives seat and U. S. Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Rikin “Rik” Mehta.
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