SPARTA, NJ- The date is not the only change voters will see for the upcoming primaries.  Originally scheduled for June 16, the governor has pushed the date to July 7.    

Township manager Bill Close said he has been consulting with Board of Elections Administrator Margaret McCabe about the polling locations and processes.  At the township council meeting on Tuesday, May 26 Close said it looks like Sparta will only have three polling districts instead of the usual eight.

Close said they would be at Town Hall, the Sparta Fire Department on Woodport Road and the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street.

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He also said Sparta would likely one of five locations in the county to have a ballot box outside town hall to receive paper ballots. Close did not name the other locations and the Sussex County Department of Elections website has not been updated to reflect either changes.

Close said additional details would be coming.

According to the revised published 2020 Primary Election Timeline, the polling places will be certified by June 15.

June 16 is the voter registration deadline for primary election. The County office will have evening hours on this date, to receive registrations, as mandated.

June 30 is the deadline to apply for a mail-inn ballot by mail for the primary election. Voters who have previously requested a vote-by-mail or mail-in ballot in any election since 2017 will automatically receive a mail-in-ballot.  Voters who wish to go to the poll to vote in person must opt-out.  Once a mail-in ballot is sent, the voter cannot go to vote in person.

Vote-by-mail, mail-in-ballot and absentee ballots are all the same thing.  Voters do not need a reason to be able to vote by mail.  

July 7 is for in person voting and in-person application for vote by mail – all ballots must be returned to the Sussex County Board of Elections by 8 p.m.

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