Thursday, October 13th, 2016
It doesn’t matter which presidential candidate you favor: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Maybe Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party’s Jill Stein. If you are not registered to vote by next Tuesday, Oct. 18, you will not have a chance to cast a ballot for any of them and will be left out of this year’s Presidential Election.
County election officials are reminding residents registering to vote in Nov. 8 general election also gives you the opportunity to have a say in local, county, state and federal elections.
Dale Kramer, Morris County Board of Elections Administrator, said her office, open normally from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, will stay open until 9 p.m. next Tuesday, extending hours to give every possible chance to county residents to beat the registration deadline.
Kramer stressed that residents also can go to their local town halls and register to vote with their Municipal Clerk’s Office during their regular business hours, up to Oct. 18.
The Morris County Elections Office is located on the second floor of the Morris County Administration and Records Building at 10 Court Street in Morristown.
Oct. 18 also is the deadline to make needed changes in personal information – such as legal names and addresses – to ensure you can vote.
“A voter may move or change his or her name and forget to notify us,” Kramer said. “As a result, their name may not be in the poll book at their new polling place, and they may have difficulty voting. By updating their information now, they can avoid confusion at the polls.”
Any U. S. citizen who is 18 years of age on or before the Nov. 8 election may register to vote as long as he or she is not incarcerated, on parole or on probation because of a conviction for an indictable offense.
To register to vote in Morris County, a person must have resided in the county at least 30 days before the election.
You can register to vote or make needed changes in your name and address by completing appropriate forms which are available at the Morris County Board of Elections’ Office in Morristown or by visiting www.morriselections.org. Forms are also available at any municipal clerk’s office in the county’s 39 towns.
More information may be obtained by calling 973-285-6715.