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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 ( ). 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 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

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.

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.


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:
  • 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 and

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 for more information or call toll free at 1-888-9989-5277.

Student Packet

Dear Student,

Greetings from the Sussex County Clerk’s Office! We receive many requests from both local and out-of-county students who are interested in learning more about New Jersey’s northernmost county.

In an attempt to provide our students with quick and easy access to information about Sussex County, we have assembled this “virtual student packet” which puts data and other valuable resources literally at your fingertips.

Simply choose from the list of available links below to begin learning more about our wonderful county. If you need further assistance with your project, please don’t hesitate to contact the Sussex County Clerk, and we’ll help in whatever way we can.

Please note that this area of our Web site is “UNDER CONSTRUCTION” and that all links may not yet be operational. We appreciate your patience.

Sussex County:

County Flag & County Seal
A Profile of Sussex County
Sussex County Then and Now

Departments & Agencies:

Sussex County Surrogate Court
Sussex County Sheriff’s Office

County Data:

About Our County’s Government
Some County Facts & Figures
Sussex County “Notables” (Historical Figures)
History of Sussex County (including incorporations, maps, boundary changes)
Present Day County Map
Physical Location, Elevations, and Climate

Sussex County Tourism —
Things To Do in the Area:

Sussex Skylands — New Jersey’s Great Northwest
Sussex County Tourism Guide
Sussex County Chamber’s Calendar of Events
Sussex County Chamber of Commerce (home page)
Sussex County Fairgrounds
Space Farms Zoo and Museum
Heaven Hill Farm
Westfall Winery


Vernon Township Historical Society Museum: Sponsored by the Vernon Township Historic Society, the museum is filled with artifacts and antiques showing life in the 19th Century and features seasonal displays. Address: 293 Route 94 in Vernon, NJ; Phone: 973-764-6545

DAR Elias Van Bunschooten Museum: A restored 1787 Colonial Dutch house with outbuildings, containing period furnishings and a genealogy library. Address: 1097 Route 23 North, Sussex, NJ; Phone: 973-875-4058

Franklin Mineral Museum

Monroe Stone Schoolhouse: Complete restoration of an early 19th century one-room schoolhouse. Group tours by appointment. Parking & picnic facilities available. Address: 3145 Route 94, Hardyston, NJ; Phone: 973-663-0075

Neldon-Roberts Stonehouse: A state historic register site within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, with displays reflecting use as a schoolhouse in the 1820s. Group tours by appointment. Address: 501 Route 206N, Montague, NJ; Phone: 973-293-3106

Newton Fire Museum: Located in the historic Spring Street Firehouse, this 1891 building houses a collection of fascinating firefighting equipment dating back to the days when horses were used to pull the fire apparatus. Free to all visitors. Group tours by appointment only. Address: 150 Spring St.,Newton, NJ 07860; Phone: 973-383-0396

Old Schoolhouse/Firehouse Museum: P.O. Box 24, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439; Phone: 973-209-7443

Roseville School House Museum: Restored 1850 wooden school house operated by the Byram Township Historical Society. Open for tours by school children. Address: Beatrice Johnson Way, Byram Municipal Complex, Byram, NJ; Phone: 973-347-4585

Sterling Hill Mining Museum: New Jersey’s only underground mine tour; features gift shop. Address: 30 Plant St., Ogdensburg, NJ 07439; Phone: 973-209-7212

Stillwater Township Historical Museum: Home of the historical society of Stillwater Township and features various exhibits, local artifacts, a genealogical library and interpretive displays. Address: P.O. Box 238, Stillwater, NJ 07875

Sussex County Historical Society: Contains a collection of Sussex County memorabilia and a library of local histories, genealogies, ledgers and maps. Address: 82 Main St., P.O. Box 913, Newton, NJ 07860; Phone: 973-383-6010

State Parks & Forests:

Allamuchy Mountain & Stephens State Park: Largely in Hackettstown, this 9,200-acre park offers fishing, hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting, boating, and rock climbing. Address: 800 Willow Grove, Hackettstown, NJ; Phone: 908-852-3790

High Point State Park: Located in the extreme northwest corner of Sussex County along the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge, this 15,000+ acre park includes the highest elevation in New Jersey (1,803 ft above sea level). A memorial at the top affords panoramic views of three states. Park boasts swimming beach, camp sites, cabins, trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, picnic areas, non-motorized boat launches and fishing areas. Address: 1480 State Route 23, Sussex, NJ; Phone: 973-875-4800; Email:

Hopatcong State Park: Located on Lake Hopatcong, at the southernmost end of Sussex County. The 112-acre park provides facilities for picnicking, bathing, fishing and boating. Address: Landing, NJ; Phone: 973-398-7010

Kittatinny Valley State Park: Includes 3,650 acres primarily located in Andover Borough and Andover Township. The State Park includes the Andover-Aeroflex Airport, which is operated by the NJ Forest Fire Service. There are facilities for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding on the park’s dirt roads and old logging trails. There also is fishing and hunting. The Paulinskill Valley Trail and the Sussex Branch Trail are part of the park and the NJ State Trails System. Phone: 973-786-6445; Email:

Stokes State Forest: Located on the famous Kittatinny Ridge, this 16,000+ acre forest is typical of the finest mountain country that New Jersey has to offer. There are facilities for swimming, picnicking, hiking (Appalachian Trail and others), camping, fishing and hunting. Address: One Coursen Rd., Branchville, NJ; Phone: 973-948-3820

Swartswood State Park: A large portion of this 2,473-acre State Park located in Sussex County comprises two lakes that offer great recreational opportunities in a natural environment. The park is well known for its excellent fishing, boating, picnicking, and camping facilities. In addition to several miles of natural trails, there is a one-mile long handicap accessible paved trail through a mature forest. Address: Swartswood NJ; Phone: 973-383-5230

Wawayanda State Park: Located in the northeast corner of Sussex and Passaic counties, in Vernon and West Milford townships, this 20,000 acre mountain woodland tract has excellent fishing and may be enjoyed in the 255-acre Lake Wawayanda. Canoes, kayaks and rowboats are available for rent, and facilities for picnicking, hiking, mountain biking and bathing are open to the public, as well as the Wawayanda Iron Furnace and the Appalachian Trail. Swimming Memorial Day to Labor Day in guarded swimming area and fishing and hunting with NJ licenses. Address: 885 Warwick Tpke, Hewitt, NJ; Phone: 973-853-4462.


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