Voting Information 2020

To West Orange Residents

Hello, this is Mayor Robert Parisi
 
As a reminder, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the voting process for Tuesday’s election. 
 
If you have not yet voted, there will NOT be routine in person voting this election and most polling places, usually open on Election Day, will not be for this election.  There will only be 9 polling places open on Election Day and these locations will only be for voters to drop off their completed ballot, to cast their vote on a provisional ballot, for voters that never received or lost their initial ballot, and special accommodations will be made at the polling locations for the visually & hearing impaired to cast their vote.  Traditional voting machines will not be used and will not be available. To repeat, there will NOT be any option for routine in person voting this election day.
 
The 9 polling sites available are broken down by Ward and District and your polling site MAY have changed for this election.
 
If you are unsure of your Ward and District, or for full voting information, including a complete list of Ballot Drop box locations, please email the Clerk’s office at clerk@westorange.org or call 973-325-4155.  Additional voting information is available on the home page of the Township website at www.westorange.org or at Facebook.com/westorangeinfo.
 
Thank you…and remember, your vote counts!

Voter Information and Resources

Who can vote?

Voters must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 17 years of age (18 by election date to vote)
  • Have lived in the state you are registering to vote in for at least 30 days prior to election
  • Not currently serving a sentence, on parole, or probation for an indictable offense in the state of registration or any other state in the United States.

How do I register to vote?
The deadline for registering to vote in the General Election is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Here are the ways you can register to vote:

Essex County Address is:
Superintendent of Elections/Commissioner of Registration
Edna Y. Baugh
Address: Superintendent of Elections, Hall of Records,
465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Fourth Floor, Room 417 A, Newark, NJ 07102
Office Hours: 8:30am-4:00pm
973-621-6464
Please note: Due to current circumstances, mail may take longer than anticipated. Please plan accordingly.

  • Register to vote in-person at one of the following locations:
    • State or local election office
    • Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Armed Services Recruitement Centers
    • State and Public Assistances Centers (such as SNAP or WIC)
    • County Clerk's Office up until 3:00 PM the day prior to the election

Essex County Clerk
Christopher J. Durkin
Address: Hall of Records, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Room 247, Newark, NJ 07102
(For regular mail delivery use P.O. Box 690, Newark, NJ 07101-0690)
Office Hours: 8:30am-4:00pm
973-621-4921
Website: www.essexclerk.com

If you are unsure if you are registered to vote, you can check your Voter Information.

 

When do I vote?

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is the General Election.

Official Election Ballots will be mailed to all registered New Jersey voters by Monday, October 5, 2020. Per Executive Order 177, "active" registered voters in New Jersey do not need to request a Vote By Mail Application.

Registered voters will receive notification from their county officials of their local polling place, the website address to locate their polling locations, locations of secure ballot boxes, and where to view sample ballots prior to the General Election.

  • All voters will receive PREPAID return postage vote-by-mail (absentee) ballots.
  • No sample ballots will be mailed. You will only receive your offical ballot. Sample ballots may be requested and will be available at polling locations (and possibly online).
  • All public schools are to close to in-person instruction November 3, 2020.

How Can I Vote?

There are three (3) ways to vote in 2020:

  • Vote in-person at your local polling location by casting a Provisional Ballot in person
  • Vote by Mail* (Absentee/Mail-In Ballot)
    • Mail-In Ballots can be handed to a poll worker at your polling location on Election Day
    • Mail-In Ballots can be dropped in a secure drop box in your county
    • Mail-In Ballots can be returned by the USPS (postage is pre-paid)

Mail-In Ballots can be returned at any time via USPS as long as they meet the criteria set forth by Executive Order 177 by Governor Murphy. Voters are able to track their Mail-In Ballots by creating an account with the New Jersey Division of Elections.

*Vote by Mail/Absentee Ballots returned through the USPS
Due to current circumstances, mail may take longer than anticipated. Please plan accordingly. Below are the deadlines for Mail-in Ballots.

  • Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3
  • Mailed ballots must be received no later than 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 10 (with the 11/3/20 postmark)
  • Mailed ballots without postmarks received by 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 5 will be valid.

What Do I Do If My Mail-In Ballot Signature is Challenged?
 

New Jersey uses a signature verification method for Mail-In Ballots. If your ballot is challenged, there are steps you can take. The State of New Jersey in the July 2020 Primary Election allowed voters to submit a "cure letter" when their signatures were challenged. Voters received notification that of the signature challenge as well as the option of filling out a form and submitting it and identification confirmation to their local Board of Elections. New Jersey Chief Counsel Matt Platkin, advocates, and Legislature is working to refine the process for the general election. In July 2020, The Ballot Cure Act, NJ A4276, was presented. It is currently before Committee. Information will be updated as the bill's status changes.