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Governor Christie Offers Voting Options for State Residents; What West Orange Needs to Know

Cynthia Cumming

 

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  Most of the West Orange polling stations  have power and will be open for Election Day on Tuesday, according to the Township. In the event that any polling places need to be moved to a different location, residents will be advised; otherwise, plan on voting at your normal polling location.
 
Governor Christie has provided alternatives to voters in New Jersey that have been impacted by the storm.
  • Due to the conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Essex County Clerk's Office will operate extended hours, so that voters may collect a vote-by-mail ballot and submit it without going to the polls. 
    The Clerk's Office is located in Room 247 of the Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Newark. We will be open:
    Mon. Nov. 5: 8am - 4:30pm (latest allowed by NJ law)
    If you plan to visit the polls on Election Day, be sure to check this site, to make sure that your usual polling place is operational. Some polling places may need to be moved due to damage or loss of power.
  • Residents who want to vote electronically can submit a mail-in ballot application either by e-mail or fax to their county clerk (you'll need to call them to find out their email address). Once the application is approved, the clerk will electronically send a ballot back to the voter also by e-mail or fax. Voters must return the ballot electronically by 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. Applications for mail-in ballots can be found here:http://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html. Visitors to the website should ignore messages saying applications cannot be faxed or e-mailed. One important note is that anything done electronically will require signatures and either scanned back into the computer or faxed.  For details, call your County Clerk: http://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-local-officials.html.    
  • If you can't get to your normal polling place, you can cast a provisional ballot in person on Tuesday in a county other than the one that you're registered in.
Further information is available by calling the following toll-free number: 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837).
 
West Orange residents should have received their General Election Sample Ballot.  This year, residents will be voting for President; for NJ State Senator; for Member of the House of Representatives; and Sheriff.  In addition, two State Public Questions are asked: 
 
1. Do you approve the "Building Our Future Bond Act"? This vote is to approve or reject a 750 million dollar in bonds to provide matching grants to NJ Colleges and Universities.
 
2. Do you approve or reject the "Constitutional Amendment Allowing Contributions To Be Taken From Justices' and Judges' Salaries for Their Employee Benefits".
 
In addition to these categories, township Board of Education elections are being held.  Residents can vote for two (2) candidates. Please check the Candidates Section in the West Orange Alternative Press for information on the Board of Education Candidates.
 
Polls will be open from 6 am - 8 pm.
 
 
 
 
 
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