SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange and Maplewood will have their own secure ballot drop boxes for the November election.
“We don’t often have breaking news at a Board of Trustees meeting,” said Trustee Bob Zuckerman, excited to share during tonight’s streaming meeting that Essex County will provide each municipality with its own drop box.
The drop box will be placed under the gazebo on Sloan Street next to the South Orange train station, Zuckerman said. Since all New Jersey registered voters will receive mail-in ballots this year, “you’ll be able to drop your ballot…safely and securely in the box, and go around to the shops,” he said, encouraging people to support South Orange businesses.
Maplewood Township’s ballot drop box location will be at the Police and Court Building on Springfield Avenue.
Village President Sheena Collum acknowledged Zuckerman for being “on the forefront” of the effort to get a drop box for South Orange, utilizing change.org and social media to support the effort. Eventually, she said Essex County “to their credit found a way for every town to be able to have a drop box, which will be so critical for this election.”
Some parking spaces nearby will be dedicated for those dropping their ballot in the box, said Collum. She and Zuckerman thanked new Acting Village Clerk Ojetti Davis and Township Administrator Adam Loehner for their support in the process as well.
Collum also noted that signage on the gazebo announcing the ballot box will follow regulations to be politically neutral given “the sanctity of the gazebo being a safe spot for people to go and be able to cast their vote, however that vote may be.”
Voter registration forms in English or Spanish may be downloaded from the Essex County website or picked up in person at the County Clerk's Office or from local municipal clerks, or from a Motor Vehicle Agency office. They are due back to the County Clerk no later than 21 days before the general election, Nov. 3, which this year is Oct. 13.
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