Elections & Voting
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Three elections are held each year: the Primary, the General and the School Board.
To qualify to register to vote, one must:
be a citizen of the United States
be 18 years old or older by the date of the next election
have resided in the State of NJ and the county for 30 days by the day of the next Election
A prospective voter may register in person at either the office of the County Superintendent of Elections, 311 Pennsylvania Ave, Paterson, or at the office of the Municipal Clerk in Prospect Park. A mail-in registration form is available from the County Superintendent of Elections 973-881-4515, the Municipal Clerk 973-790-7902 ext. 529.
When to Register
- change in name due to marriage, divorce or by judgment of a court
- change in residence
- If the voter has moved within the county and has not notified the commission of registration, they may go to their new polling site and vote by Provisional Ballot.
All registered voters receive in the mail from the County Superintendent of Elections a SAMPLE BALLOT containing the following information:
- where to vote
- hours when the polls are open
- public office up for election
- names of candidates
- public questions
- how to use a voting machine
- number of the election district
- handicap accessibility
You can now choose to vote, in person, when it’s most convenient for your schedule.
Voting machines are used in all elections throughout the community. Provision is made for write-in votes for individuals whose names do not appear on the ballot. The complete election code is contained in Title 19 of the New Jersey Statutes, available in the office of the Municipal Clerk or at: http://www.njlawnet.com/njstatutes.html
General Elections and Primaries
Prospect Park holds General Elections on the same date that national elections are held, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Voting for national, state, county and local officials takes place at this time.
In NJ the Primary Election is held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June. Voters select candidates from their own parties whom they want to have nominated for the General Election. New Jersey has what is known as a restricted Primary, that is, a voter must be a declared Democrat or Republican to vote in that Party's Primary. The only way to change party affiliation is to make a signed declaration at least 50 days preceding the Primary. Forms for this may be obtained from the Clerk's office. An undeclared voter may vote by declaring their party affiliation at the polling site.
In New Jersey, any voter can now vote by Absentee Ballot for any election. You no longer need a reason to receive an Absentee Ballot.
Each party nominates its local candidates by petition which must be filed with the Municipal Clerk at least 64 days before the Primary. A candidate for local office must have been a resident and a registered voter for at least one year before running. If two or more candidates seek their party's nomination for any office, the choice is made at the Primary Election.