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All Essex County Voters Will be Able to Vote in Their Hometowns, Clerk Says

A few polling places may have to be combined if electricity is not fully restored

A few county residents might not be able to vote in their normal polling place Tuesday, but they will be able to vote, Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin assured the public at a press conference in Newark Friday.

“Election Day is happening,” Durkin said.

Hurricane Sandy has left some of the county’s 306 polling places without power, but Durkin said “the majority have power and more and more are coming on line hour by hour.”

The clerk’s office is communicating with officials in each of the county’s 22 municipalities to get information on the state of individual polling places, including learning whether they have electricity.

Durkin said voting locations will be consolidated if necessary. Voters who plan to vote in person should report to their assigned polling place on Tuesday. If the location has been changed, they will be directed to an alternate location very close by.

"We will be displacing voters as little as possible," Durkin said.

Durkin also said no one wishing to vote in person will have to leave their town in order to vote. Newark residents will be able to vote within their wards, Durkin also said.

Voters are also being reminded that they can vote early, by mail, and can even go directly to the clerk’s office, 465 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Newark, to pick up a mail-in ballot application. The clerk’s office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

"We will be working right up to Election Day to accomodate as many voters as possible," Durkin said.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who was also at the press conference, urged anyone driving in the city to exercise caution as many traffic signals there are still without power. Motorists are reminded that by law, you must come to a stop at an intersection without power first before proceeding through.

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M OKeef November 02, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Why do we have to go into Newark to vote early? Why can't we get mailin ballot from local town clerk?
Sean November 02, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Can you vote early (on Saturday) in Maplewood (in person)? During the power outage, I'm staying out of town with friends and fear that I will not be able to travel back to Maplewood to vote on Tuesday.
Paul Milo November 03, 2012 at 01:11 AM
No Sean, you can't vote early in Maplewood in person on Saturday; in Maplewood and any other you can only vote on Tuesday and at your polling place. But over the weekend, Saturday or Sunday, you can go the county clerk's office in newark, get your form for mail voting, then cast your vote in the same building then and there. Clerk's office is open 8:30 - 4:40 this satruday and sunday; address is in the article.
Pete Mock November 03, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Why a Tuesday? Seriously, there is no good reason anymore we should still hold elections on Tuesdays. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/electionday1.html We're housing a friend who is originally from Australia and she just can't get over how hard we make it in this country to cast our ballot. She can't understand why we only allow voting on one day and why that day is a Tuesday. I had no answer. Why not allow voting on the weekend? I had no answer. Why not allow people to vote at ANY polling place in the state? Again, I had no decent answer. And she's right. There's no good reason anymore to have elections on Tuesdays. There's no good reason to limit voting to just one day. There's no good reason, if the technology exists and is put in place, not to allow people to vote at any polling place that can get to. It's stupid.
Zoe Braithwaite November 05, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Is the Montclair Poll on Harrison Avenue open on Tuesday. I must vote in person.

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