Winter weather may cause the County Clerk’s Office to open late or, in rare instances, close for the day. Please check the county homepage for posting of delayed openings or closings due to inclement weather.
Click Lafayette Twp Special School Election Sample Ballot to preview the electronic ballot Lafayette voters will see at the polls on Election Day – Tues., Jan. 22, 2019.
The Sussex County Clerk’s Office and Records Room will be closed Mon., January 21st, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
However, the Clerk’s Election Office will be open Jan. 21st from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for voters of the Lafayette Twp school district who want to vote in-person for the Township’s Jan. 22nd Special School Election.
This year, MFNO will be held at Sussex County Community College and all veteran and active military families will have access to Veteran Affairs at SCCC.
Complimentary dinner is provided each week, guest speakers that specialize in resources and services for military families and an added bonus, $300.00 gift card incentives for families who graduate the program.
Please contact Ayla Bower, 973-383-4787 ext 251 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The County Clerk’s administrative office, located at 83 Spring Street, Suite 304 of the Cochran House Building in Newton, has been temporarily relocated down the hall from its usual location to Suite 302A. Visitors should follow the signs to Suite 302A, which is located in the front of the Cochran House Building, facing Spring Street.
Suite 302A will be used until renovation of Suite 304 is complete, which we hope will be the first week in March. During this renovation period, please understand that some services may be temporarily interrupted. Call 973-579-0900 for more information.
NOTE: The Clerk’s Records Room is unaffected by the renovation; it remains in Suite 204 of the Cochran House Building.
It’s cold. Maybe you’re ready to send the Polar Vortex packing and get yourself packing, too — for an early Spring getaway! Keep in mind, if your destination takes you to some tropical paradise outside the U.S., you’ll want to make sure your passport is valid. If you don’t yet have a passport, don’t worry – we can help you get one!
Your Sussex County Clerk’s Office is an authorized passport acceptance facility. Whether you’re a first-time applicant, or you find you’re ineligible to renew your old passport by mail, County Clerk staff will review your paperwork to ensure your application and supporting documentation are in order.
Check the validity of your passport (and those of family members traveling with you) as soon as you think about traveling. Knowing you are prepared in advance is the best first step toward a relaxing travel experience. Keep in mind that the routine processing time for a passport is four to six weeks, but during peak travel season (early spring through mid-summer) that timeframe easily extends the full six weeks. You can pay an additional fee to expedite your application if necessary and reduce that time to three weeks – but again, the best defense is to apply early and avoid worry and rush fees.
Once you’ve taken steps to ensure you and your family have valid passports for travel, visit www.travel.state.gov to learn about steps you can take before traveling to ensure a safe and healthy trip and improve your overall experience abroad.
If your travel plans fall on or around a scheduled Election Day, consider applying for a Vote By Mail Ballot Application before you leave. Call the County Clerk’s Election Division with questions about early voting by mail (973-579-0900, ext. 1507).
For more information about passports visit https://sussexcountyclerk.org/passports/ or call the Clerk’s Office at 973-579-0900.
Voters can register online to check the status of their Mail-In Ballot…
Voters who want to check the status of their voted mail-in ballot can do so by setting up a personalized account with the NJ Division of Elections; follow the instructions below:
- Go to https://njelections.org/
- Click “Am I Registered?”
- Click “NJ Voter Information Page“
- Click “Sign Up for Public Access“
- Enter your information as it’s found in your Voter Registration file:
- Last Name
- First Name
- County of Residence
- Enter Voter ID (Most successful)
NOTE: Your Voter Id# is listed on both the outer mailing envelope that your ballot came in, and on the inner envelope used to return your voted ballot to the Board of Elections.
- If you do not know your Voter ID, you may enter your Driver License # instead ONLY if you registered to vote using your DL# as ID
- If you do not know your Voter ID AND you didn’t register with your DL#, you may enter the last 4 digits of your SSN ONLY if you registered to vote using your last 4 SSN as ID
- Click Sign Up for Access
Once you’ve successfully created an account, you’ll be prompted to log in. To check your mail-in ballot status, scroll down to the bottom of your screen and click “Mail-In Ballot History”; the current election will be listed first. Look at the column labeled “Ballot Received Date” to see if/when your ballot was received by the County Board of Elections.
Access to your online account will be available to you year-round for all upcoming elections. If you’ve chosen to vote-by-mail in all future elections, it would be a great idea to set up an account for continued access to your voting records.
NOTE: If you were unsuccessful in creating an account online, you’ll need to contact the Sussex County Board of Elections to check your Voter ID.
The October 10, 2018 deadline for New Jersey to comply with the Real ID Act has been extended again — this time until October 10, 2019.
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), New Jersey has been granted another extension for REAL ID enforcement, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver licenses and identification cards from New Jersey at Federal facilities, nuclear power plants and federally regulated commercial aircraft until October 10, 2019.
After October 10, 2019 NJ citizens will need more than their state-issued driver license to board domestic flights.
Other federally accepted forms of I.D. for domestic air travel include the U.S. Passport Book or Passport Card. Travelers who do not already possess a U.S. Passport may want to consider applying for one or both. The Passport Book also allows you to fly internationally, while the Passport Card limits you to domestic air travel and/or international travel by land or sea ports of entry.
Your County Clerk’s Office is a certified U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility and can assist you with the application process. Visit our Passport Page for more information on what’s needed to apply for a U.S. Passport Book or Card.
“Our office and county clerks’ offices throughout New Jersey have been inundated with emails, personal visits, and phone calls from voters concerned about recent mailings by political action organizations.
“County clerks received word last month that a democracy project would be sending out mailings to New Jersey voters to encourage voter participation by mail.
“These mailings are not from your county clerk, they are being sent by the Voter Participation Center and The Center for Voter Information – both of Trenton, as well as from various candidate campaigns. The mailings contain a personalized mail-in ballot application pre-filled with the voter’s name and address in the hope that the voter will sign the application and return it in the postage-paid envelope addressed to the County Clerk for processing a mail-in ballot to the voter.
“This type of marketing effort is not new; both major political parties have been doing so for years. The data come from the Statewide Voter Registration System under the direction of the New Jersey Division of Elections in the Department of State.
“There is no prohibition under the law for providing voter data to marketers who use it for political purposes.
“What voters should know:
- If you complete the application, sign it and return it in the postage-paid envelope, the County Clerk will check your signature against the signature from your voter registration file and approve or disapprove the application. If approved, a mail-in ballot will be mailed to you at the address indicated. If disapproved an explanatory letter will be mailed.
- Please note in Box 1 the voter may select the option of receiving a Mail-In Ballot for (a) ALL FUTURE ELECTIONS or (b) for ONLY ONE election. If no box is checked our office will send approved voters a mail-in ballot for the Nov. 6 election only.
- If you want to continue to vote on the voting machine on election day DO NOT sign the pre-filled Application for a Mail-in Ballot and DO NOT send it to the County Clerk.
- Active voters who have an approved mail-in ballot application on file from the 2016 General (Presidential) Election will be sent a mail-In ballot for ALL FUTURE ELECTIONS unless they OPT OUT in writing to the County Clerk. This is mandated by P.L. 2018 c. 72. The roughly 4,200 Sussex County voters affected by this mandate have been notified by letter from the County Clerk to inform them of their options.
- Voters who receive a mail-in ballot should vote that ballot and return it as soon as possible to the Board of Elections. The new law allows that every mail-in ballot bearing a postmark dated on or before Election Day and is received by the Board of Elections within 48 hours of the closing of the polls shall be considered valid and counted.
- Voters who were sent a mail-in ballot MAY NOT vote on the voting machine on Election Day. If they go to their polling place they will be given a provisional ballot, which is the same as the paper ballot they were mailed; as a matter of convenience and to avoid delays at the polls, these voters should vote the ballot they were mailed.
- Sample ballots will be delivered by Nov. 2. All active voters will receive a sample ballot in the mail during the week before the election. The sample ballot will show all the races, candidates, and questions for which the voter may cast a ballot in this election and will list the voter’s polling location and hours. Samples of the mail-in ballots are posted to the County Clerk’s website for viewing.
“The approaching Nov. 6 General Election is a supercharged mid-term federal election for Congress that, together with a rush by our governor in August to mandate significant changes to the mail-in ballot law, the frenzy of events taking place in Washington, and the use of technology to gain personal data to reach people has heightened voter awareness statewide.
“I can assure you that the County Clerk’s Office and the Board of Elections are ready to meet the challenges of this election. We are diligent in our processes and are carefully observing the laws and procedures to prevent voter fraud.
“We work closely with the Division of Elections and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ensure our elections remain safe and secure for the voters.”
For more information utilize our website www.sussexcountyclerk.org or call 973-579-0900, ext. 1507.
On August 10, 2018, new legislation went into effect that changes the options voters have when voting by mail, AND, IMPORTANTLY, changes the way SOME voters have been assigned to vote in future elections. If you voted by mail in the 2016 General Election, the new law has assigned you to be a “Vote-By-Mail Voter” — unless you notify your county clerk in writing that you want to be removed from the permanent vote-by-mail list.
A law signed by Governor Murphy on August 10, 2018 mandates that any voter who requested and received a Vote By Mail Ballot for the 2016 General Election be put on a list to automatically receive Vote By Mail ballots for all future elections, beginning with the upcoming November 6 General Election.
2016 Voters who fall into this category but do not wish to receive mail-in ballots for every election in the future will be able to “opt out” by notifying the County Clerk in writing that they no longer wish to receive Vote By Mail ballots for all future elections. These voters still have the option of Voting By Mail in any election of their choosing, but will have to submit an application for a Vote By Mail Ballot whenever they choose to do so.
There is no longer an option to request mail-in ballots for the calendar year, or to request mail-in ballots for all General Elections only. The two options now offered in NJ are:
- Vote by mail in ALL FUTURE ELECTIONS (which means you are no longer eligible to vote on the voting machines at the polls); or
- Request a mail-in ballot for a SINGLE election whenever you wish to vote by mail.
Click here to download the updated Application For Vote By Mail Ballot. Click here for answers to popular questions about how the new law affects voters.
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.
Be engaged. Be a voter.