Essex County Clerk Durkin Announces A Vote by Mail Satellite Office
Essex County Clerk, Christopher J. Durkin kicked off a new “Voting by Mail” program that will make is easier and more convenient for registered voters to cast their ballots in upcoming elections. In addition, the County Clerk will use the Essex County Satellite Office at Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange as a place where registered voters can apply for the Voting by mail program and cast their ballots.
“With family obligations and demands of work, people’s lives are busier than ever and finding time to get to the polls on Election Day can be difficult,” Durkin said. “Initiating the Vote by Mail program will make it easier for the people to participate in our democracy and have their ballot counted. Using the Satellite Office to register voters for the Vote by Mail program is part of our ongoing outreach initiative to make the public aware of their voting rights and break down obstacles,” he added.
Previously known as absentee balloting, the State enacted legislation in July 2009 that provides all registered voters with the opportunity to cast their ballots by mail. By completing a simple application, registered voters can receive voting ballots for all elections throughout the calendar year. The application must be completed each year. Registered voters are reminded that if they are voting by mail, their ballots must be received by the Board of Elections before the close of polls at 8pm on Tuesday, November 3rd.
Staff from the County Clerk’s Office will be at the Essex County Satellite Office from Thursday, October 1st until 3 p.m. the day before Election Day, which is Monday, November 2nd. At the Satellite Office, registered voters from throughout the County will be able to complete a simple registration form to receive their ballot by mail as well as complete the ballot and mail it on site.
Through a partnership with the West Orange Post Office and Postmaster Jane Walsh, a mailbox has been placed outside of the Satellite Office for voters’ convenience. Mr. Durkin also announced the Clerk’s Office would provide registered voters who complete the Voting by Mail ballot at the Satellite Office with free postage.
The outreach location will be open Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Satellite Office will also be open Wednesdays until 8 p.m.
You can download a Vote by Mail Application at www.essexclerk.com or you can pick one up at your local town hall, the County Clerk’s Office or our Satellite Office.