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North Bergen installs secure drop box for Primary Election ballots

The Township has placed the box outside town hall for residents to mail their votes

The ballot box in front of town hall

Despite New Jersey entering Phase 2 of reopening amid COVID-19, the state is still in no condition to hold in-person elections. To cope with the issue, months ago Gov. Phil Murphy moved the June primary election to July 7 in preparation.

The election is also poised to be held primarily through vote by mail. To ensure the safety of ballots, North Bergen is going the extra mile.

The township has installed a secure drop box outside town hall for the convenience of residents who would like to submit their primary election ballots. The drop box is on the side of the building, next to the Municipal Chambers entrance.

Every registered New Jersey voter, Democrat or Republican, should receive a ballot in the mail for the July 7 primary. All ballots come with prepaid postage. Ballots can be mailed by the deadline or deposited in the drop box at town hall.

The deadline to deposit ballots in the drop box is 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7. The drop box is monitored 24 hours a day by video surveillance to maintain strict security.

For questions or more information, call the Hudson County Board of Elections at 201-369-3435.

Sacco says vote Column B

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and his mail-in ballot.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco said most residents should have already received their Vote by Mail ballots for the Primary Election. Due to COVID-19, all registered Democrats and Republicans have been sent ballots, and most voting will be done by mail.

“I’m asking for your support for the Column B Democratic Team, especially our Freeholder Anthony Vainieri,” Sacco said. “From revitalizing our beloved Braddock Park, to providing county funding for many important projects to helping us keep property taxes stable, Anthony is doing a tremendous job and he deserves our support for a new term.”

Sacco has endorsed the Column B Team, including Joe Biden for President, Cory Booker for Senate, Albio Sires for Congress and Anthony Vainieri for Freeholder.

“All ballots must be received by the County Clerk by July 7 to be counted, so send yours back now,” Sacco said. “In order to cast your vote, fill out your choices on the ballot and make sure to fill the ovals in completely. Put your completed ballot in the small envelope.”

According to Sacco, residents must print their names and addresses and sign on the designated area on the envelope and follow all other instructions.

Then, residents must put the smaller envelope inside the larger paid envelope, seal it and mail it back, Sacco said. No postage is necessary.

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