ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury will have two polling locations on Election Day, but voting machines won’t be there.
The machines are among the many things erased from normal life in 2020 due to fear of spreading the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.
The Election Day polling places - one at Roxbury Town Hall on Route 46 in Ledgewood and another at the Roxbury Senior Center at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna - will be open Election Day but only for dropping off completed ballots, said Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo.
He said all registered voters should receive those ballots by mail no later than Oct. 5. Voters do not have to wait until Election Day to submit their ballots and officials are encouraging voters to vote early.
“Ballots may be returned by U.S. mail or dropped at the 10 Morris County ballot boxes located throughout the county, DeFillippo said. One of those 10 boxes will be situated in Roxbury Town Hall.
“While we encourage all voters to either return their ballot by U.S. mail or a drop-off box, residents who desire to vote in person will receive a post card that indicates their polling location (either Town Hall or the Senior Center), said the mayor.
The polling location for those who want to wait until Election Day to cast their ballots will be based on a voter’s ward and district. All voters in Roxbury Ward 1 are assigned the polling place at Town Hall, as are voters in Ward 3 Districts 1 and 6.
All other voters are assigned to the Senior Center polling site, according to the county.
The two sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day for ballot drop-off.
“If you have a disability and need an accessible ballot, vote at a polling place on Election Day, where you'll be given a headset and accessible device to allow you to cast your votes,” the county noted. “All other voters are strongly encouraged to vote by mail. If you come to a polling place, you will only be allowed to vote using a provisional (paper) ballot.”
The county will not be sending sample ballots prior to Election Day.
Roxbury School Board is Only Local Contest
The only local races are for three seats on the Roxbury Board of Education. Incumbent board members Joesph Bocchino, Heather Champagne and Anne Colucci are being challenged by newcomers Ralph Casendio and Sharon MacGregor.
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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