Summit Council Candidates Forum Slated for Oct. 12; Voting Registration Deadline Follows Five Days Later

2017 Summit Common Council candidates, top from left, Beth Little (D-AL), John Dougherty (R-W1), Marjorie Fox (D-W2); Bottom from left, David Dietze (R-AL), Matt Gould (D-W1), Mike Wattick (R-W2).

SUMMIT, NJ - The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Summit. Berkeley Heights and New Providence will host the 2017 Summit Candidates’ Forum October 12, from 7:30 - 9 p.m., in the Media Center at Summit High School.

The event will feature six candidates, three Republicans and three Democrats, who are vying for three open Summit Common Council seats:

Beth Little - D (At-Large)
David Dietze - R (At-Large)

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John Dougherty - R (Ward 1)
Matt Gould - D (Ward 1)

Marjorie Fox - D (Ward 2)
Mike Wattick - R (Ward 2)

Candidates will make presentations and answer questions from the League of Women Voters and the audience. League of Women Voters Co-President -- and New Providence resident -- Susan Ferris Rights will moderate this event. The LWV is unaffiliated with any political party.

Summit High School is located at 125 Kent Place Boulevard.

Election-Related Deadlines and Voting Information for the November 7 General Election

The deadline to register to vote in the November 7 General Election is Tuesday, October 17. Residents can register to vote at the Summit City Clerk’s Office, located on the second floor of City Hall, at 512 Springfield Avenue. To accommodate last minute registrants, there will be evening voter registration hours on October 17 from 4:30 - 9 p.m.. Regular voter registration hours are 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The deadline to apply by mail for a mail-in ballot for the General Election is Tuesday, October 31. The deadline to apply in person for a mail-in ballot is Monday, November 6 at 3 p.m. at either the Union County Clerk’s Annex Office, located at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield, or at the County Clerk’s Office in Elizabeth at the Administration Building, located at 2 Broad Street. Applications for voting by mail are available at the City Clerk’s Office or by visiting unioncountyvotes.com.

Citizens of the United States that are 18 years of age on or before the date of the election and residents of New Jersey and Union County for no less than 30 days are eligible to vote. Voter registration applications may be obtained by visiting unioncountyvotes.com. Residents must be registered to vote no less than 21 days in advance of an election to be eligible to vote.

Summit residents can find information on their ward and district by visiting cityofsummit.org. A list of Summit polling locations, based on ward and district, can also be found by visiting cityofsummit.org. This year, residents who normally vote at the Summit Community Center will now vote at Pilgrim Baptist Church, located at 77 Morris Avenue. The address for the temporary polling location will be provided on sample ballots mailed to residents.

For other election-related information, call the Summit City Clerk’s Office at 908-273-6400 or visit cityofsummit.org/elections.


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