Month: April 2020

Notary Oaths will be administered beginning May 18 by appointment

SPECIAL NOTICE CONCERNING NOTARY SERVICES

4/30/2020:  In response to the COVID19 pandemic, the Sussex County Clerk’s Office remains closed to the public. However, beginning Monday, May 18, we will begin administering oaths to notaries whose terms are approaching  expiration. These oaths will be done by appointment only. Please call our office at 973-579-0900, ext. 1501 to schedule an appointment. When appearing for your appointment, you should arrive at the designated time and must wear a mask and gloves. It is also advised that you bring your own pen for the signing of documents. Notary oath services will be scheduled as long as it is considered safe to do so. If your appointment has to be rescheduled or cancelled you will be notified by our office.

Electronic petitions to be made available for Referenda and Initiatives

Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 132 on Apr. 29, 2020, requiring that:

  1. In addition to accepting hand delivery of initiative and referendum petitions, county clerks and municipal clerks shall allow for these petitions to be submitted electronically.
  2. The county clerks and municipal clerks shall also accept petitions with signatures collected via an online form. A generic template of this form shall be created by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Department of Law and Public Safety. This form shall be available for use by May 1, 2020.
  3. Following the availability of the online template form, the county clerks and municipal clerks shall require that signatures be gathered via the online template form. Hand signatures obtained prior to the effective date of this Order shall also be accepted.

July 7 Primary Elections

Dear Voters,

The continued Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made it necessary to prepare and plan for a variety of outcomes. Sussex County election officials are taking a lead to ensure successful primary elections here in New Jersey.

While there is continued discussion on conducting New Jersey’s July 7 primaries entirely by mail, if the state sees new cases of the virus on the decline the governor may determine it is safe for New Jersey to open polling places to voters in July, while still offering the option to cast a mail-in ballot. If the manner of voting is optional, County Clerk Jeff Parrott encourages those voters who are at risk, or who may be concerned about visiting populated places, to apply now for a Vote By Mail ballot for the July 7 Primary Election.

You can download an application from our website or call our office at 973-579-0900 and request that a Vote By Mail application be mailed to you. Your application must be received by our office no later than June 30th in order for us to mail your ballot.

It is our goal that the democratic process continue uninterrupted and that all voters, no matter their situation, have an opportunity to cast a ballot.

Please contact our election division with any questions or concerns at 973-579-0900, ext. 1507.

Notary Update 4/24/2020

We are aware that during this unprecedented time, one of the growing concerns is the expiration of notary commissions.  At this time we remain closed to the public, however, our office is strategizing  a way to ensure the safety of the public and employees while swearing in notaries so business can continue.  As we receive information or direction from the NJ Department of Treasury we will update our website.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office M-F between 8 and 4 p.m.

Sussex County Clerk’s Office
www.sussexcountyclerk.org
973-579-0900

Attention Notaries!

If your notary public certificate is nearing expiration or just recently expired, and you are unable to be sworn in due to County Clerk closures statewide, please note that the State of New Jersey has notified us that there is pending legislation to address this matter. No details are available yet, but we will update this post as soon as information becomes available.

Governor Murphy Announces Postponement of June 2nd Primary Elections until July 7th

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 120, postponing primary elections on Tuesday, June 2nd to Tuesday, July 7th in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes primaries for President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the 25th District of the New Jersey Legislature, and county and municipal elections, as well as county committee elections.  Last month, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 105, which delayed certain elections set to take place in March and April until May 12th.

“Preserving basic functions of our democracy is critical in this unprecedented time,” said Governor Murphy. “Citizens exercising their right to vote should not have to risk their safety and the safety of others in order to make their voices heard. Postponing our primary elections is a difficult, yet necessary, choice to ensure that our citizens can partake in their civic duty of voting.”

“Governor Murphy’s decision to move New Jersey’s primary election to July 7, 2020 will provide our state, county, and local election officials with the time we need to prepare for a free, fair, and safe election for New Jersey voters.” said Secretary of State Tahesha Way.

The Order also states that all deadlines for meeting statutory requirements for a primary election that are currently scheduled to occur after April 11 will be calculated using the July 7, 2020 primary election date.  This would not affect any deadlines that 1) have already passed, such as the filing deadline for candidate petitions for the primary election, or 2) will pass prior to April 11.  The only exception is the deadline for change of party affiliation declaration forms to be filed, which is currently scheduled for April 8 and will move to May 13.

Additionally, independent candidate petitions will be due by 4:00 p.m. on July 7, 2020, and the electronic signature and submission requirements that were set forth in Executive Order No. 105 for primary candidates will be extended to these independent candidate petitions.

Election rules have been modified during prior emergencies, including by Governor Kean in 1982 during a severe winter storm and by the Christie Administration in 2012 in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Copy of Executive Order 120

SBA Loans Available To Help Small Businesses

Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance

To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

To APPLY… https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/