This is a reminder that Tuesday, October 13, 2020 is the last day for residents to register to vote for the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election in the State of New Jersey. In order to be eligible to vote, a person must be an American Citizen, be 18 years old on or before November 3, 2020, and be a resident of New Jersey and Bergen County.
All Bergen County residents may register to vote at the Office of the Superintendent of Elections, located at One Bergen County Plaza, Room 380, in Hackensack or in the Ridgewood Village Clerk’s Office, 5th Floor, Ridgewood Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue, in Ridgewood, during normal business hours. In addition, on October 13, 2020, Ridgewood residents may register to vote from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 P.M., in the Village Clerk’s Office in Village Hall and from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Ridgewood Public Library located at 125 North Maple Avenue, next door to Village Hall.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic and Executive Order No. 177, ALL REGISTERED VOTERS WILL AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE A VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT for the November 3, 2020 General Election, and NO SAMPLE BALLOTS WILL BE SENT TO YOU FOR THE NOVEMBER PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION. You may return your postage paid Mail-in ballot via USPS or bring it to the Ballot Box, located off of the main parking lot, by the lobby doors of Village Hall. You may also bring your voted and sealed ballot to your polling location, sign the registration book, and then place it in the smaller ballot box in the polling location.
If you have a disability (only those who are blind, unable to write or illiterate) which makes you unable to vote on your Mail-in Ballot, and need an accessible ballot, please contact (201) 336-7020 or you may go to your assigned polling place, which will provide access to an in-person accessible voting device on General Election Day.
If you do not have a disability, choose not to vote on a Mail-In Ballot and instead show up to one of the limited number of Polling Places on Election Day, only Provisional Paper Ballots will be available to cast your vote. This is because the ADA compliant Voting Machine is only for voters who have a disability. PLEASE NOTE THAT EACH PROVISIONAL BALLOT TAKES AT LEAST 5 MINUTES TO COMPLETE, AND THAT THERE WILL BE LONG LINES AT THE POLLING LOCATIONS, SO CONSIDER PLACING YOUR MARKED BALLOT INTO THE OUTSIDE BALLOT BOX, OFF OF THE MAIN PARKING LOT AT RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE HALL.
As a reminder, if a voter has moved from one election district to another within Ridgewood or has moved to another town in Bergen County before November 3, 2020, please notify the Bergen County Superintendent of Elections’ office as soon as possible so that a Mail-In Ballot can be sent to you, at your current address. If you have any questions, please call 201-336-6110 for assistance.
The Bergen County Superintendent of Elections’ office is responsible for Voter Registration and all associated concerns, Issuing Voter Acknowledgement Cards, Maintaining Custody of Voting Machines and Poll Books, as well as other duties relating to the enforcement of election laws as per N.J.S.A. Title 19.
On Tuesday, November 3rd, voters will cast ballots for President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Bergen County Freeholders as well as State and Municipal Public Questions. It is up to each and every American Citizen to exercise their right to vote.
Bergen County Superintendent of Elections Patricia DiCostanzo and Deputy Theresa O’Connor are available to answer any question that you might have at 201-336-6109. You may also call the Ridgewood Village Clerk’s Office at 201-670-5500 ext. 205 or ext. 206 with any election questions.
Heather A. Mailander
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The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders have put together a video, which provides helpful voting information to Bergen County residents. This year - with few exceptions - Bergen County residents will be voting exclusively by mail. Working in conjunction with local election officials, the Freeholders compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions surrounding voting by mail. It is the goal of the Freeholders to increase turnout for the November election. It is their belief that regardless of which candidates residents choose, our Democracy is best served when we have an active and engaged electorate.
The video is available for cross-posting and embedding from the URL below.
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