MAPLEWOOD, NJ — With coronavirus concerns still persisting, the State of New Jersey is automatically mailing all registered voters a ballot for the November 3rd election. While you will receive the ballot through mail you will still have the ability to vote provisionally in person if you prefer.
Maplewood has installed its ballot drop box at the Police Headquarters on Springfield Avenue. The secure box is available 24/7 for you to drop your ballot up until 8 p.m. on Election Day. The Maplewood Township Committee gathered to inaugurate its secure ballot drop box on Friday, Sept. 25.
Noting that during the primary Maplewood didn’t have a box, Mayor Frank McGehee said “This election we have one, it’s secure, [and] under 24 hour surveillance.”
All ballots come with a postage paid return envelope if you prefer to mail yours utilizing the USPS. It is recommended that you mail your ballot at least one week before Election Day.
All Essex County residents are able to hand deliver their ballot to the County Board of Elections located at 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, Newark. Proper identification is required.
According to the State of NJ website, ballots will be mailed no later than October 5, but many counties will begin before then. As soon as residents receive them, voting may begin. The Maplewood drop box is already unlocked and some Maplewood residents have already begun posting on social media that they have dropped their ballot in the collection box.
“I think theoretically that this should be the highest turnout for an election in the history of Maplewood,” opined McGehee. “The election is coming to you, to your home. All you have to do is fill out the ballot and mail it, put it here in the secure box, or in any [secure ballot] box in Essex County.”
You may also drop your ballot in person to your designated polling station on Election Day between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Voters may only drop their own ballots off.
Voters will be able to track their ballot through a "track my ballot" portal.
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