Please check the county homepage for posting of delayed openings or closings due to inclement weather.
Registered voters who cannot (or would rather not) go to the polls for the November 7 General Election may vote early in-person at the Sussex County Clerk’s Office in Newton.
Voters also can vote early by mail, as long as their application to vote by mail is received by the Clerk’s Office no later than Tues., October 31. After the 31st, voters who cannot make it to the polls on Election Day will have to apply for an absentee ballot in person. Early voting is being conducted at the Clerk’s Office during regular hours Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours offered Saturday, November 4rd from 9 a.m. to noon. Voters also may vote early in person up until 3 p.m. Monday, November 6th.
The County Clerk’s Office is located on the main floor of 83 Spring Street in Newton, Suite 304, accessible from either Spring Street (front entrance) or Trinity Street (rear entrance). More information about voting can be obtained by calling 973-579-0900 or by visiting the Clerk’s Website at www.sussexcountyclerk.org.
Be a Voter
Are you planning to vote this November 7th?
If not, ask yourself why not?
If it’s because you’re not registered, or you aren’t familiar with our voting machines, or maybe you think your vote doesn’t matter – please give the County Clerk’s Office a call and we’ll do our best to hook you up with the information you need to ensure you make it to the polls – with confidence – on Election Day.
If you’re planning on not participating because you don’t know enough about the candidates on the ballot – you still have time to do some research. Talk to friends and family – engage in conversation. Find out how candidates’ views differ on the issues that matter most to you. Education? Jobs? Environment? Public Safety? Transportation? Check out candidates’ social media pages. Look up newspaper articles. Contact the campaign headquarters of local candidates. Get answers. When it comes to selecting the next Governor of New Jersey, you may find it insightful to read the gubernatorial candidate statements we’ve posted to our website (http://sussexcountyclerk.org/elections/ ). Remember that November’s winners will affect public policy moving forward. Whose public policies do you want to see implemented?
If you do plan to vote this November but aren’t sure you’ll be able to make it to the polls on Election Day – because of travel, illness, or any reason whatsoever – YOU HAVE OPTIONS!
You can vote early by mail, or you can vote in person at your County Clerk’s Office. Mail-In Ballots are available about 45 days prior to Election Day. That gives you plenty of time to plan ahead. You can download a Vote By Mail Ballot Application, or call our office and request an application be mailed to you. Mailed applications must arrive to our office on or before October 31st – this is so that we have time to mail you your ballot, and you have ample time to mail it back to the Board of Elections. The Board must receive your ballot before the close of polls (8 p.m.) on Election Day. After the mailing deadline has passed, voters still can apply and vote in person at the County Clerk’s Office up until 3 p.m. the Monday before Election Day (Nov 6th). Visit http://sussexcountyclerk.org/elections/voter-information/early-voting-by-mail/ to learn more about early voting.
Be engaged. Be a voter.
Want to know what New Jersey’s candidates for Governor have in store for you?
The NJ Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act, N.J.S.A. 19:44A-37, allows candidates for the office of Governor to provide a statement, not exceeding 500 words, to assist the voters of this State in making their determination among the candidates. Click the following link to view the statements that were submitted: 2017 Gubernatorial Statements
Please read the following Information Regarding Changes to the New Jersey County Clerks’ Recording Law:
Effective May 1, 2017 all land recordings in New Jersey must be accompanied by a cover sheet issued by the county in which the document is being recorded. The new cover sheet contains mandatory indexing fields which are to be completed by the submitter.
The cover sheet is part of the submitted land record.
The recording cover sheet will be included in the calculation of recording fees for documents with booking and paging fees ONLY. There is no additional fee when recording flat fee instruments.
Failure to submit a cover sheet with any land recording* (including flat fee instrument types) will result in a $20.00 indexing charge per N.J.S.A 46:26A-5.
Click this link for Sussex County’s Recording Cover Page . The form is a fillable PDF. It is important to note that the cover sheet is specific to the county where the document is being recorded.
Please contact the Sussex County Clerk’s Office at 973-579-0900 if you need further information regarding the submission of the recording cover sheet or any other questions regarding these recording changes. Thank you.
*Note: The following document types are exempt from the cover sheet requirement: Military Discharges, Maps, and Trade Name Certificates.
Jeffrey M. Parrott Sussex County Clerk
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
The Kosa Veteran Support Center, Inc.
48 Wyker Rd. Franklin, NJ
What the Center does:
- Provides a safe place for veterans to access support and resources
- Provides veterans a safe place to talk with one another and build community
- Gives veterans a place to advocate for other veterans’ needs and work in partnership with Catholic Family & Community Services to meet those needs
- Gives veterans a place to bring their needs, whatever they may be
- Counseling services – a trained clinician will provide services to veterans and their families. Counseling can be provided for individuals, couples and/or families, or in groups by calling 973-827-4702 to schedule an appointment
The Kosa Veterans Support Center is currently open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Do you have a heart for helping your fellow veterans? Can you paint? Are you able to do handyman work?
We are looking for volunteers to man the Center, help other veterans who may need assistance with their living quarters as well as provide other various supports and/or resources. Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
We are excited to be able to help our fellow veterans in need, but we can’t do it without you!
Please see the attached letter for those who may have served at Camp Lejeune.
The Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey makes available the Recorders Document Reference Manual.
The manual includes:
- Recording requirements for over 165 documents recorded with County Clerks / Registers throughout the State of New Jersey
- Realty Transfer Tax calculations
- Recording fees
- Explanation of acknowledgments
- Glossary of terms
… and much more information for recordation.
The manual proves a valuable guide for …
- Law firms
- Title Companies
- Mortgage Companies
- Financial Institutions
- Government Agencies
The manual is available as a printed, bound manual or on CD ROM.
How Homeowners Can Protect Themselves
When homeowners are contacted about foreclosure options by a third party, homeowners should:
- Contact their lender. They may be able to work a re-payment plan (forbearance agreement) that is within a homeowners budget;
- Seek legal advice through a trusted attorney, not one appointed by the company or individual soliciting them.
- Never sign away ownership of the home by a quitclaim deed or otherwise without consulting a trusted attorney;
- Be especially suspicious of offers to lease back the home, in order to buy it back over time. These offers may sound good but often make it impossible to re-purchase the home;
- Never make mortgage payments to anyone other than the lender;
- Never listen to anyone other than the lender regarding the mortgage payments or due dates;
- Beware of any home-sales contract in which the homeowner is not formally released from liability for their mortgage;
- Do not sign any document with bank lines or spaces; information could be added later without your knowledge and consent.
- Call the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General , Division of Consumer Affairs, and Office of Consumer Protection at 1-800 242-5846 (calls within New Jersey) email: AskConsumerAffairs@lps.state.nj.us.
- Call the Department of Banking and Insurance toll-free hot line (1-800-446-7467) for guidance, direction and schedules or locations of foreclosure seminars.
- For brochures on Foreclosure Scams visit http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/News/Consumer%20Briefs/foreclosure-scams%E2%80%93how-to-avoid-them.pdf and http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/News/Consumer%20Briefs/surplus-funds-scam.pdf
Is Foreclosure Mediation Right for You?
Foreclosure mediation provides homeowners who are dealing with the threat of foreclosure to receive help from housing counselors, attorneys, and a neutral mediator to resolve their loan delinquency matters. The program is free for qualified homeowners.
Visit http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/superior/foreclosure.htm for more information or call toll free at 1-888-9989-5277.