New Voter Group Scheduled To Receive Automatic Mail-In Ballots!

On August 28, 2019 Governor Murphy signed into law a bill that amended the 2018 Vote By Mail law and mandates that our office send a Vote By Mail* Ballot for the upcoming November 5 General Election to any voter who requested and received a Vote By Mail Ballot in any election held in 2017 or 2018. (S4069/A5759 P.L. 2019 c. 265)

*Vote By Mail Ballot includes paper ballots voted in person at the County Clerk’s Office.

This same law also mandates that our office automatically issue this group of voters a Vote By Mail Ballot in ALL FUTURE ELECTIONS — unless the voter informs our office in writing that they do not wish to receive Vote By Mail Ballots for all future elections.

Approximately 3,000 voters are affected by this change in law. IF YOU ARE AFFECTED BY THE LAW, you should have received a notice from our office advising you of your new vote-by-mail status. Our notice included a form for you to “opt out” of remaining on this automatic vote-by-mail list. If you prefer to vote at the polls on Election Day, you should complete the “Opt Out” form and return it to the County Clerk’s Office by Sept. 25th. If you cannot meet that deadline, simply call our office ASAP to explain you want to opt out, but that your form will be arriving after the 25th. We will do our best to accommodate you. You should know that if you are mailed a Vote By Mail Ballot, you will not be permitted to vote on the voting machines at your polling place. The best the poll worker can do is to issue you a provisional paper ballot, which is essentially the same paper ballot that was mailed to you.

The Clerk’s Office is here to serve you. If you want to remain on the list to automatically receive mail-in ballots for all future elections, then you don’t need to do anything except sit back and wait for your ballot to arrive in the mail. However, if you prefer to vote at the polls, you must complete the Opt Out form and mail it back to our office ASAP so that we can remove your name from the automatic mailing list. Voters who “opt out” of receiving automatic ballots for every election, still reserve the right to request a mail-in ballot for any singular election of their choosing.

NOTE: If you are scheduled to receive a mail-in ballot automatically, but for some reason you do not receive your ballot in the mail, please call our office so we can look into your situation. We begin mailing ballots 45 days prior to Election Day. Please allow 5-7 days for delivery. Call 973-579-0900, ext. 1507 for more information.

Attention Military & Overseas Voters!

You should return your voted November 5, 2019 General Election ballot before October 16.

Here’s why returning your ballot before October 16 is important for this election: The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is a worldwide body that establishes and agrees on international postal rates. The U.S. has announced it may pull out of the UPU. If we do, there will be no agreement for mail to be delivered to or from our country to any other country after October 16, 2019.

Although the U.S. Postal Service and others have been working on contingency plans, those plans are unlikely to be in place in time for military and overseas citizen (UOCAVA) voters to return their ballots in time for the November 2019 elections.

If you will not be able to return your voted ballot to the U.S. before October 16, click “Other Options available to return my ballot.”

County Clerk Staff Donate to Nonprofits

Sussex County Clerk, Jeff Parrott is proud of his staff for their donation to three extremely worthwhile nonprofit organizations.  On Fridays the employees at the clerk’s office are given the option of wearing jeans for the small price of $2.00. That money added up to approximately $975.00 over the course of the year.  We chose to donate three checks in the amount of $325.00 each to Ginnie’s House, The Veteran’s Relief Fund in Hopatcong and the Sussex County Food Pantry.  Ms. Virginia Littell accepted the donation on behalf of Ginnie’s House. Mr. Mitch Ellicott accepted the donation on behalf of The Veteran’s Fund, and Mrs. Rita Oroho along with Mrs. Lisa Parrott accepted the donation on behalf of the Sussex County Food Pantry. All three of these organizations work diligently to provide support and hope to numerous Sussex County residents.

County Clerk staff with Ginnie Littell
County Clerk staff with Mitch Ellicott

National Passport Center experiencing processing delays

The standard processing time to apply for and obtain a U.S. Passport Book or Card has gone from 4-6 weeks to 6-8 weeks. Persons interested in foreign travel in need of a passport should allow for the current delay.

Applicants can still pay additional fees to expedite their passport application, with options of either a 3-4 week turnaround or as little as 2-3 weeks.

Depending on when you plan to apply and how many persons are in your party, an appointment may be necessary.

Visit our PASSPORT site for more information on obtaining a passport book or card, or call the Clerk’s Office at 973-579-0900 for more information.

Want to run as an Independent candidate this November?

If you’re planning on running as an independent candidate in the 2019 November General Election, you will have to file your direct petition with the County Clerk no later than 4 p.m. June 4th.

Direct petitions are available to candidates not participating in the county’s June 4 Primary elections. Petitions can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from the Sussex County Clerk’s Office, 83 Spring Street, Suite 304 in the Cochran House Professional Bldg in Newton. Call 973-579-0900 for more information.

Has my voted ballot been received yet?

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:

  1. Go to https://njelections.org/
  2. Click “Am I Registered?”
  3. Click “NJ Voter Information Page
  4. Click “Sign Up for Public Access
  5. Enter your information as it’s found in your Voter Registration file:
    1. Last Name
    2. First Name
    3. County of Residence
    4. 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.

      1. 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
      2. 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
  6. 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.

Kid Nicholas Going Gold for Kids is a local program of the American Childhood Cancer Organization

As you can imagine, cancer treatment is not a quick or easy process and can be particularly difficult for children with cancer and for their families. Children with cancer can spend anywhere from weeks to months at a time in the hospital, and they endure treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and more.

Kid Nicholas Going Gold 4 Kids is a Founding Hope program of the American Childhood Cancer Organization that supports local families in New Jersey. In May of 2017, a bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) was signed by Governor Chris Christie to promote education and awareness about childhood cancer. The resolution was inspired by Nicholas DaSilva, Kid Nicholas Going gold for Kids.

September is childhood cancer awareness month. The resolution designates the third week in September of each year as “Go Gold for Kids with Cancer Awareness Week.” Childhood Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in American children under the age of 19. Schools will be encouraged to host appropriate activities and programs that promote a better understanding of childhood cancer. We would also like to encourage all public officials and the citizens of the state to join in wearing a gold ribbon, which is the international awareness symbol for childhood.

We respectfully request your help to mark your town’s calendar for the third week of September and to help us make childhood cancer awareness month as successful as possible by participating in awareness initiatives. By doing so, your town can help us give HOPE to even more children and families in NJ and allow us to continue having a positive impact in a child’s cancer battle! To learn more about us please visit https://www.acco.org/kidnic/. Thank you for your support and consideration!

Warm regards,

Kid Nicholas Going Gold for Kids

“Kid Nicholas Going Gold 4 Kids” is a local program of the American Childhood Cancer Organization, a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. © 2017 American Childhood Cancer Organization®. All Rights Reserved.

Renovations to Clerk’s Office Are Complete!

The County Clerk welcomes visitors back to Suite 304 in the Cochran House Professional Building. The Clerk’s staff were temporarily relocated while renovations were made to Suite 304, improving the office for staff and customers alike. Among the improvements are new privacy stations for in-person voting.

Clerk’s Office adds new stations for in-person voting
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Renovated reception area

Voting in New Jersey Is Easier Than Ever!

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VOTE EARLY

Easy, Convenient, Saves Time & Gas

Voting in New Jersey is easier than ever!

*No Waiting*
*Increased opportunities to cast your ballot*
*No Long Lines*

How do I obtain a Vote Early Ballot?

Call your County Clerk and simply ask to have a Vote Early Ballot Application mailed to your address; or

Go online, download the application from your County Clerk’s website and mail to your County Clerk; or

Apply in person at your County Clerk’s Office. If you apply in person 40 days or less prior to an election, you can obtain your ballot while you wait.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is there a deadline for Vote Early Applications?

A: Yes. Application by mail must be received at least 7 days before Election Day for a ballot to be mailed to you. However, voters can obtain ballots in person beginning 45 days before an election until 3:00 PM the day before the election.

Q: Is there a deadline for returning Vote Early Ballots?

A: Yes. Your voted early ballot must be received by the county Board of Elections and must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls.

Q: Can I apply for another voter?

A: NO. Registered voters MUST apply for and sign their own Vote Early application. However, they may receive assistance in filling out and delivering the application. The assistor must complete Section 10 of the application and sign where indicated.

For more information, please contact your Sussex County Clerk.

Jeffrey M. Parrott (973) 579-0900    www.sussexcountyclerk.org
Election Board: (973) 579-0950

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Is Your Passport Up to Date?

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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 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.