Attention Sussex County Voters…
We are fast approaching the 2017 Primary Election where you’ll have a chance to vote for the candidates that will ultimately represent your party on the General Election ballot. This year Sussex County voters will elect a new Governor, State Senator, two Members of the General Assembly, two County Freeholders, and several municipal-level representatives.
As a U.S. citizen, your vote is not only something candidates covet – it’s your constitutional right. Make sure you’re prepared to cast your vote in the June 6th Primary — and then again on November 7th in the General Election…
April 12: Last day to file Party Declaration Forms to change party affiliation for the June Primary
May 16: Last day to register to vote for the June Primary
June 6: Primary Election Day
All election dates and deadlines
- Mark the calendar. Tuesday, June 6th is Election Day. Polls open throughout the county from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Register to vote. If you’re not already a registered voter, download a voter registration form and begin the process. New Jersey law requires that voters be registered with their county a minimum of 21 days prior to Election Day. If you’re not sure of your voter registration status, click this link. Remember that in the Primary your party affiliation status does matter; you must vote in the primary of the party to which you are affiliated. If you want to change parties, you must do so at least 55 days prior to the primary election. You can use a Voter Registration form to change parties, or complete a new Party Affiliation form. Voter registration forms and/or party affiliation forms should be mailed or dropped off at the County Election Board, 83 Spring St., Suite 305, Newton, NJ 07860. If your current registration status is “unaffiliated” you may choose to vote in either the Democratic Primary or the Republican Primary on Election Day. When you arrive at your polling place, just ask the poll worker to give you the ballot of your choice. You should note that by voting in that party’s primary, you become affiliated with that party (although you can always choose to “unaffiliate” yourself again in the future by submitting a change request).
- Research candidates. Learn about the issues and how the candidates feel about them. Tune into debates, town halls, and speeches.
- Make a plan. It may sound obvious, but having a voting plan is one of the most important things you can do after registering. Work, school, picking up the kids and grocery shopping can make any day hectic. Making a plan to get to your polling station is key. If you are housebound and know you won’t be able to get to the polls on Election Day, you can plan to vote by mail ahead of time. Active military members can also vote absentee and make their voices heard at the polls. Plan ahead and make sure you get your vote in on time.
- Spread the word. Friends, family and acquaintances often talk politics, but sometimes don’t make it to the ballot box. Find out if those around you are as prepared as you. If not, educate them. If they haven’t registered, direct them to their county board of elections to register. Be the informed one in your group.
Input from vote.usa.gov