Election Season

Deadline to register to vote os Tuesday, October 13.

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Debate Set for October 8, Questions Sought

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University and NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, are co-sponsoring a live debate between 2nd Congressional District candidates, Democrat challenger Amy Kennedy and Republican incumbent Jeff Van Drew, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 8 and are asking the public’s help with question ideas for the candidates.

Questions may be submitted via e-mail at [email protected] and on Twitter using the hashtags #CD2Debate and #NJDecides2020. The debate’s editorial team will consider questions and use at their discretion throughout the event.

The debate will be aired live on NJTV (check local listings). NJTV will also stream the event at NJSpotlightNews.org and Stockton will stream the debate on the Hughes Center website.

Van Drew is completing his first term as a U.S. Congressman after serving for years in local and state government as a moderate Democrat. Last December, he switched parties from Democrat to Republican.

Amy Kennedy is a former teacher and mental health advocate running for office for the first time.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will not have public attendees.

Registering to vote

The deadline to register to vote in New Jersey is Tuesday, October 13. You must have established residence at least 30 days before the election, be a U.S. Citizen and be at least 18 by Election Day.

The New Jersey Division of Elections has a handy registration information page: state.nj.us/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml. It goes over online registration options and also has links to county boards of election where paper forms can be obtained. And you can check to see if you are already registered at voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check

The state recently restored the right to vote to people who are on probation and parole.

Mail-in ballots: Since the state decided to mail a ballot to every registered voter, New Jerseyans won’t have to worry about whether an application for a ballot was received.

The Division of Elections created this site (nj.gov/state/elections/vote-by-mail.shtml) to answer questions about the mail-in voting process.

When will you receive your ballot?

Secretary of State Tahesha Way previously said “if it is the second week of October and it hasn’t arrived—do something.” The state website says you should take action if you don’t get one by October 12 by contacting the county clerk.

To count, a mail-in ballot must be postmarked by Election Day and arrive at the county board of elections by November 10.

If you don’t want to rely on the U.S. Postal Service, you can also deliver your ballot to the county elections office by 8 p.m. on November 3 or put it in one of the many secure ballot drop boxes. The state plans to have a centralized list of those locations (nj.gov/state/elections/vote-secure-drop-boxes.shtml), but counties are posting their own information.

Once you send in or drop off your ballot, you can use this site to track it (nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot.shtml) and ensure it gets counted. It requires registering and creating an account.

When will you receive your ballot? Secretary of State Tahesha Way previously said “if it is the second week of October and it hasn’t arrived—do something.” The state website says you should take action if you don’t get one by October 12 by contacting the county clerk.

To count, a mail-in ballot must be postmarked by Election Day and arrive at the county board of elections by November 10.

If you don’t want to rely on the U.S. Postal Service, you can also deliver your ballot to the county elections office by 8 p.m. on November 3 or put it in one of the many secure ballot drop boxes. The state plans to have a centralized list of those locations (nj.gov/state/elections/vote-secure-drop-boxes.shtml), but counties are posting their own information.

Once you send in or drop off your ballot, you can use this site to track it (nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot.shtml) and ensure it gets counted. It requires registering and creating an account.

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