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Be a Voter

Be a Voter

Are you planning to vote this November 6th?

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 (https://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 30th – 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 5th). Visit https://sussexcountyclerk.org/elections to learn more about early voting.

Voter Signing in at polling place

Be engaged. Be a voter.

County Clerk extends hours for in-person voting

Registered voters who will not be able to get to the polls for the June 5 Primary Election may vote early in-person at the Sussex County Clerk’s Office in Newton.

Because the deadline to receive a mailed ballot has passed, voters now must apply for an absentee ballot in person. Early voting is being conducted at the Clerk’s Office during regular hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours offered Saturday, June 2nd from 9 a.m. to noon. Voters also may vote early in person up until 3 p.m. Monday, June 4th.

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.

Attention Sussex County Voters…

Attention Sussex County Voters…

We are fast approaching the 2018 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 head to the polls to elect a U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressman, as well as your County Surrogate, 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 5th Primary — and then again on November 6th in the General Election…

April 11: Last day to file Party Declaration Forms to change party affiliation for the June Primary
May 15: Last day to register to vote for the June Primary
June 5: Primary Election Day
All election dates and deadlines

  1. Mark the calendar. Tuesday, June 5th is Election Day. Polls open throughout the county from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  2. 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).
  3. Research candidates. Learn about the issues and how the candidates feel about them. Tune into debates, town halls, and speeches.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Income Tax Exemption for Veterans

$3,000 Exemption for Veterans

You are eligible for a $3,000 exemption on your Income Tax return if you are a military veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States on or any time before the last day of the tax year. Your spouse (or civil union partner) is also eligible for an exemption if he/she is a veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances and you are filing a joint return. This exemption is in addition to any other exemptions you are entitled to claim and is available on both the resident and nonresident returns. You cannot claim this exemption for a domestic partner or for your dependents.

Claiming the Exemption

  1. When completing your tax return, you must fill in the oval (resident return) or check the box (nonresident return) to indicate that you are claiming this exemption. Otherwise, the exemption(s) will be disallowed.
  2. You must provide a copy of Form DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, with your return the first time you claim the exemption(s).

Providing Documentation

You must provide a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214, the first time you claim the exemption. We can only accept the member 4 copy of DD-214. This form does not need to be provided each year. The United States National Archives and Records Administration can assist with obtaining a copy of your DD-214.

You can certify for the exemption by sending a copy of your DD-214 and Veteran Exemption Submission Form to the Division before you file, which may help process your return faster. To certify:

Note: We can only accept the member 4 copy of DD-214.

If you do not certify before you file for the exemption, you will need to submit a copy of your DD-214 when you file using:

  • A Paper Return. Enclose a copy of your DD-214 with your return;
  • NJ Fill’nFile. Upload your DD-214, along with all of your other documentation, into the repository;
  • Other Electronic Filing Methods. If you file your return using NJ WebFile, third-party software (such as TurboTax), or you have a tax professional who electronically submits your return, you can send a copy of your DD-214 and Veteran Exemption Submission Form using one of the three certification methods listed above.

More information from New Jersey Division of Taxation.

VA New Jersey Health Care System Town Hall Forum Monday, December 18, 2017

VA New Jersey Health Care System
Moving Forward in a Time of Positive Change

All Veterans, Veterans Service Organizations, Congressional Stakeholders, and Community Partners are Invited to the

VA New Jersey Health Care System
Town Hall Forum
Monday, December 18, 2017 10-11:30 a.m.

Lyons Campus
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ 07939
Building 143 Multipurpose Room

Come and share your thoughts and ideas during this open dialogue session!

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans: Kosa Veteran Support Center Now Open

Now Open

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!

Recorder’s Document Reference Manual

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.

Download Recorder’s Document Reference Manual Order Form.

Foreclosure

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.