Morris Twp., Plains Election 2020: Ballot Choices, Voter Guide

Russ Crespolini
·5 min read

Although the General Election is slated to be conducted primarily by mail and polling places have been reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are still several options to make sure your vote is counted.

In Morris Township and Morris Plains, that includes voting at a polling location, using a secure drop box, mailing your ballot back or hand delivering it to your local board of elections.

The Rundown

What And Who Are On The Ballot?

  • Presidential race: Residents can either cast a write-in vote or choose, among the major parties, between Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, or Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden and US Sen. Kamala Harris. Also running are: Don Blankenship/William Mohr (Constitution Party); Howie Hawkins/Angela Nicole Walker (Green); Jo Jorgensen/Spike Cohen (Libertarian); Gloria La Riva/Sunil Freeman (Party for Socialism and Liberation); Roque De La Fuente/Darcy Richardson (The Alliance Party) and Bill Hammons/Eric Bodenstab (Unity Party).

  • US Congress: One US Senate seat will be contested: Incumbent Democrat Cory Booker will face Republican Rik Mehta. All 12 of the state's congressional seats will be decided. New Jersey's delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives is split between 10 Democrats and two Republicans heading into Election Day. See congressional races on your local ballot here.

  • Marijuana legalization/Ballot questions: Voters will decide whether to legalize the possession and use of marijuana. Voters will also decide whether to makes peacetime veterans eligible to receive the veterans' property tax deduction.

  • Locally: There is no municipal race in Morristown this year, but there is a race for the four seats available on the Morris School District school board. Vivian Rodriguez, Elisabeth Wall, Oliver Starnes and Meredith Davidson are all looking for seats on the dais.

  • There is also a contested race for Morris Plains Borough Council with Republicans
    Salvatore (Sal) F. Cortese Arthur (Art) J. Bruhn Jr. looking to take both open seats on the dais while Cara Parmigiani is looking to play spoiler for one spot.

  • The Morris Township Committee also has two seats open on the dais and Republicans Joseph V. "Joe" Calvanelli Jr. and M. Sandra (Sandi) Garcia are looking to fill them. They are opposed by Democrats Cathy Wilson and William "Bud" Ravitz.

Where Can I Vote?

Morris Township residents may vote in person from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Municipal Building's conference room at 60 Woodland Ave. Morris Plains voters can cast ballots at the Morris Plains Community Center's multi-purpose room at 51 Jim Fear Dr.

Accommodations are available at both locations for those with disabilities.

Those looking for a drop box can use any in Morris County:

Morris County Administration & Records Building
10 Court Street, Morristown NJ 07960
(Outside front entrance)

Mount Olive Municipal Building
204 Flanders/Drakestown Road, Budd Lake NJ 07828
(Parking Lot entrance to Municipal Offices)

Rockaway Twp. Municipal Building
65 Mount Hope Road, Rockaway, NJ 07866
(Outside Police Department)

Montville Municipal Building
195 Changebridge Road, Montville, NJ 07045
(In front of Municipal Building)

Madison Public Safety Complex
62 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940
(Commuter Parking Lot 3)

Chester Township Municipal Building
1 Parker Road. Chester, NJ 07930
Parking Lot by Clothing Drop Box

Denville Municipal Building
1 St. Mary's Place, Denville, NJ 07834
Outside Main Entrance

Jefferson Municipal Building
1033 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
Outside Main Entrance

Kinnelon Borough Town Hall
130 Kinnelon Road, Kinnelon, NJ 07405
Parking Lot – Back Entrance

Long Hill Town Hall
915 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933
Side Entrance

Mendham Boro Police Department
3 Cold Hill Rd, South, Mendham, NJ 07945
Outside Front Entrance

Parsippany Municipal Building
1001 Parsippany Blvd, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Outside Main Entrance – Facing Route 287

Randolph Municipal Building
502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph 07869
Outside Main Entrance

Roxbury Township Town Hall
1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852
Outside Main Entrance

Wharton Municipal Building
10 Robert Street, Wharton 07885
Outside Main Entrance

The boxes are all outside and under surveillance 24/7. They resemble a USPS Blue Mailbox, but are Red, White & Blue and display "Morris County – Official Ballot Drop Box."

The Vote-By-Mail ballots (VBMs) will be picked up on a daily basis and brought to the Board of Elections. All security measures will be followed when collecting and transporting the VBMs, officials said.

Since the change to this year's election was announced by Murphy, there have been many questions about how the process will work. Below is some further reading on the Nov. 3 election process:

A primarily vote-by-mail election means a lot of changes to election day. See what you can expect this November.

Those not needing an ADA compliant booth will need a provisional ballot to vote in-person. Here is what that will look like.

There was language on the primary ballots asked voters certify they requested the ballot, even if they didn't.

Voters wondering how their signatures are checked before the upcoming election can see the process for themselves.

Need to register for the upcoming election? Want to track your vote once you do? Read on to learn how.

Here is a recap of important dates to remember with upcoming election, all in one place.

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This article originally appeared on the Morris Township-Morris Plains Patch