Election Day In Mendham, Chester: When, Where To Vote

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Tuesday is the general election, and although it is being 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.

"Every vote should be safe. Every vote should be secure. Every vote should be count," Governor Phil Murphy said of the process.

In Mendham and Chester, 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.

  • In NJ-11, U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill is facing off against Rosemary Becchi.

  • 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: Chester Borough has a contested race for council with Republicans Gary William Marshuetz and Elizabeth Gugliemini looking to lock down both available seats while Democrat Stacy Ann Strum is looking to split the difference.

  • A similar situation exists in Mendham Borough where Republicans Brad Badal and John W. Andrews are looking to secure the two open seats on the council while Democrat Melissa Young looks to make the effort only 50 percent successful.

  • Mendham Township has one seat available on the township committee and Democrat Amalia Duarte is looking to fend off Republican George Williams to retain it.

  • There is a contested race for Mendham Township school board with Thomas Keeling, Robert Wowk, Richard Gondek and Rekha Mandelall looking for one of the two open seats.

  • There are three open spots on the Mendham Borough school board and Robert Largman, Catalina Wolfmeyer, John Jennings and Steve McLaud all want a spot.

  • A seat on the West Morris Regional School Board reserved for Chester Township is up for grabs, with Natasha Chandler and Marina Kontos looking to fill it.

  • The seat on the West Morris Regional School Board reserved for Mendham Township is up for grabs, with Robert Stroebel looking to fill the seat uncontested.

  • Speaking of uncontested, that is the case for the Chester Consolidated School District school board where Liz Madinabeitia, Rebekah Forlenza, Christopher P. Lowry are looking to fill the three open three-year term seats and Carolyn Kleppe-Collins is on the ballot to fill in an unexpired term of two years.

  • Also uncontested is the Chester Township Council race, with Michael Inganamort and
    Joseph Di Paolo running to fill the two open seats.

Where Can I Vote?

Chester Township residents can vote in-person on election day at Highlands Ridge Barn
100 North Road. Chester Borough residents will vote at the Municipal Building at 50 North Road in the Main Meeting Room.

Mendham Borough residents will be voting in the main meeting room of the Garabrant Center located at 4 Wilson Street. Mendham Township residents will be voting in the truck bay of the Emergency Services Building located at 1 Cherry Lane.

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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