COVID-19 has disrupted the July 7 primary election. The polling location will not be operating as usual and the election will be primarily vote-by-mail (VBM). Sample ballots will not be mailed to voters as usual. But you can view the sample ballots HERE .
Voters who have registered with either the Democratic or Republican party will receive a VBM ballot in their regular mail. Voters who are not registered with a party can apply for a ballot by filling out and mailing in a special form found HERE.
After completing your VBM ballot, you then mail it to the Morris County clerk (whose office oversees elections). Instructions are included on the ballot. Leave enough time to ensure that your VBM ballot is postmarked by July 7.
For additional Information [Drop Boxes, in-person voting conditions, and FAQ],
Alternatively, you can place your VBM ballot in one of five drop boxes around Morris County. The two closest to Harding are Morris County Administration & Records Building, 10 Court Street, Morristown (Outside front entrance) and Madison Municipal Building Hartley Dodge Memorial Building, 50 Kings Road, Madison (Behind Police Headquarters). The boxes will be installed on or about June 15th. They are all outside and under surveillance 24/7. They resemble a USPS Blue Mailbox, but are Red, White & Blue and display “Morris County – Official Ballot Drop Box”. The VBM ballots will be picked up on a daily basis and brought to the BOE. All Security measures will be followed when collecting and transporting the VBMs. VBM Drop Boxes will be closed at 8:00 pm, close of polls, on Tuesday, July 7th .
You will NOT be permitted to hand your ballot in at the polling station. If you forget to mail your ballot and show up at the polls, you also will NOT be permitted to vote on the machine, unless you are disabled. Instead, you will need to complete a “provisional ballot,” which is a paper process supervised by a poll worker. This can take more than 10 minutes per voter. Because of the minimal workforce at the Harding polling station, you may encounter long wait times and potentially a large gathering. For your safety and the safety of the poll workers, we strongly encourage you to vote by mail.
Hopefully, by the November election, the corona virus will be less disruptive. But, if not, the primary vote-by-mail election will be good practice.
When is the primary?
The primary election is July 7th, 2020. By order of the Governor, the election will be principally vote-by-mail. All registered voters will receive a primary ballot on or about June 15th. Once completed, the ballot must be returned through the US Post Office (postmarked by July 7th) or to a designated Morris County Official Ballot Box (by 8pm on July 7th).
What happens if I do not return my ballot and show up at the poll?
You will not be permitted to vote on the voting machine, unless you are disabled. Instead, you must complete a “provisional ballot,” which is a paper process supervised by a poll worker. This can take more than 10 minutes per voter. Because of the minimal workforce at the Harding polling station, you may encounter long wait times and potentially a large gathering. For your safety and the safety of the poll workers, we encourage you to vote by mail.
Can I hand in my ballot to the workers at the polling station?
No. You must mail your ballot back either through the US Post Office or by dropping it into a Morris County Official Ballot Drop Box. The Ballot drop box is red, white and blue with a “Morris County – Official Ballot Drop Box” display. The ballots will be picked up from each box on a daily basis and brought to the Board of Election. The Board of Election has established security measures which will be followed when collecting and transporting the ballots. The Ballot Drop Boxes will be closed at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, July 7th .
Where are the Ballot Drop Boxes located?
The nearest drop boxes are at 50 Kings Road, Madison (behind Police Headquarters) and 10 Court Street in Morristown. You can find other Ballot Drop Box locations here.
What if I am not affiliated with a political party?
“Unaffiliated” (“undeclared”) voters will receive an application for a mail in ballot, which must be returned by June 30th to receive a primary ballot for the July 7th election. You will be asked to select which primary (Republican Party or Democratic Party) you wish to vote in. The primary ballot will then be sent to you. The completed ballot should then be returned through the U.S. Post Office or dropped into a Ballot Drop Box.