MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Frank McGehee has updated the Township about the 2020 general election and the end of the 2020 Census.
In an email to residents, he sent the following information, and a video conversation with Essex County Clerk Christopher Durkin, which can be viewed below. The New Jersey election will be conducted primarily through vote-by-mail ballots, and:
- All registered voters will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot.
- Ballots will begin to be mailed no later than September 28th.
- Ballots must be returned by Nov. 3rd, either by mail (postmarked by 11/03), by depositing it in a local secure ballot drop box (by 8 p.m. on 11/03), or by handing it directly to a poll worker at a polling place on Nov. 3rd (signature required).
- All ballots sent are real ballots. Sample ballots can be viewed at essexclerk.com.
- If the County rejects a ballot, a letter will be sent to the voter stating the reason and the voter will be given an opportunity to fix the defect.
- Ballots will be able to be tracked at essexclerk.com (name required) and elections.nj.gov (voter ID required).
- Voting at a polling location will be by a paper provisional ballot.
- All individuals with disabilities will have access to an ADA-conforming voting machine.
- To check if you are registered, go to elections.nj.gov and click the “Am I Registered?” link.
- Deadline for voter registration — for first time voters, change of name or address, or change of signature is October 13th. Online voter registration is live at elections.nj.gov.
- The Office of the Maplewood Township Clerk will be open on October 13th from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. for the last day of voter registration.
Maplewood will have its secure ballot collection box at the Police Headquarters on Springfield Avenue.
Residents being counted in the Census is also of concern to the mayor. "The U.S. census ends in seven days," said McGehee. He implored residents to complete the census form, as population determines federal aid and services and therefore, "It impacts our next decade!"
"Over 78% of housing units have been accounted for in the 2020 Census as of today. In 2010, we achieved a final response rate of 78.2%. Go to 2020CENSUS.GOV to complete your Census. It’s now or never," McGehee added.
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