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FACT OR FICTION - You can vote at the polls? TRUE...with clarification

There will be no voting machines at polling sites (except for persons with disabilities). But you may hand in your vote-by-mail ballot to a poll worker or complete a paper provisional ballot. 


Avoid any potential lines at polling locations on Election Day. Complete your mail-in ballot and put it in a secure ballot drop box today! 


If you do not have a mail-in ballot, you can go to the Essex County Educational Center at 560 Northfield Ave West Orange - Today - Saturday October 31 from 9:00am - 12noon to request a ballot in person and vote that ballot OR the Hall of Records in Newark Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm or Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.


FACT OR FICTION:  Every citizen can now register to vote online? NOT QUITE TRUE


You can register to vote online at https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/register    IF:  you have a driver's license or an MVC identification card or you have a social security number and a digital signature. If none of these options apply to you, then you must complete and mail in a paper voter registration application. You can print out a paper application from the website http://www.essexclerk.com/Services/5. The deadline to register to vote is October 13. Your application must be received by that date. Here is Khalil Ware with the League of Women Voters registering voters at the Irvington Bus Station.


FACT OR FICTION:  You can vote in-person at your usual polling place. NOT TRUE (with minor exceptions)


The General Election on November 3 will be VOTE-BY-MAIL. All active registered voters in NJ will receive a vote-by-mail ballot in early October. Completed vote-by-mail ballots should be returned ASAP in one of 4 ways: 1) deposit in a secure ballot box (RECOMMENDED); 2) mail it in; 3) hand it to a poll worker; or 4) hand deliver to the Essex County Board of Elections, 465 MLK Blvd., Newark, NJ. If you have a qualified disability you can vote on an ADA machine or if you didn't receive a mail-in-ballot, you can vote via provisional ballot at a polling site.


FACT OR FICTION: The Essex County Board of Elections protects the secrecy of your ballot. TRUE

Your completed voting ballot is put into an envelope called the certification envelope. Your name, address, and signature are on the certification envelope. This envelope contains a certification flap that you are instructed not to detach. At the County Board of Elections, the signed certificate flap is checked to make sure the signature matches that on record, and the voter registration information is correct. Then, the certification flap is separated from the ballot. The voting ballot remains inside the sealed envelope; it then goes on to be counted anonymously. This all happens under the eyes of a bipartisan election committee. 

 

Ten days before the November 3 election date, counting of the votes commences. Tallies by candidate are not done until election day, so the results are not available before November 3. All ballots postmarked by November 3, but not received until after that date, will continue to be counted until the November 10 cut off. Provisional ballots are counted last as they are compared against mail-in ballots to determine if there is any duplication. If the provisional ballot is a duplicate then it is not counted.


FACT OR FICTION: Only active registered voters will receive a mail-in-ballot.  TRUE

 

There’s no time to waste. Make your voice heard. The deadline to register to vote in the General Election on Nov. 3 is Oct. 13. To check to see if you are registered, visit voter.svrs.nj.gov/registerIf you aren’t registered, you can easily complete the online form with basic identification information like a driver’s license. Formerly incarcerated? You can now register to vote in NJ and have your voice heard! If you need a paper registration form you can print it out at this same site.


FACT OR FICTION: You cannot vote if you haven't received your mail-in-ballot. FALSE


Make your voice heard! You can vote by provisional ballot whether you are an active, registered voter who didn’t receive your mail-in ballot, or if you are an inactive registered voter. To cast your provisional paper ballot, you must vote in person on Nov. 3 at the polling location in your municipality. There will be no machine voting at the polling station except for persons with qualified disabilities. Note: due to the pandemic, there are fewer polling locations and your location may be different than in the past. Before heading out, double check your polling location at voter.svrs.nj.gov/register or by calling the Essex County Board of Elections at (973) 621-5070. Masks are mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at all polling locations.