My name is Cathy Yamashita. I am a resident of Florham Park and I am very concerned about my vote, and that of all my fellow residents of Morris County, being received on time to be counted, given the widely publicized mail delays with the Postal Service.
I have a number of questions that, once answered, hopefully will allay my concerns. I am sending this letter via the press as an open letter rather than directly to the County Clerk, because I imagine that many residents have the same concerns and questions and will benefit from seeing the response.
Given the delays we all have been experiencing with mail deliveries by the Postal Service, as of now I intend to put my ballot in an official ballot box to ensure it is received on time and counted.
Currently there are only five ballot boxes in Morris County. While two of the five are near my home, there are many residents for whom the locations of the ballot boxes are not convenient at all.
Is there a plan to distribute more ballot boxes prior to the general election and if so, how do you intend to communicate this information to residents?
How do I know the ballot box is secure and cannot be tampered with?
When it is time to empty the contents of the ballot boxes, will there be representatives of both parties present to ensure the counting of the ballots is done fairly?
Will ballot boxes be emptied periodically during the month of October or only once on Nov. 3, 2020?
If only once, what is the time by which ballots must be dropped in a ballot box to be counted? If periodically, please explain the process by which the ballots will be stored and counted.
For those who plan to vote in person on Nov. 3, please explain how the voting process will be different than in years past due to COVID 19.
I know that Governor Murphy issued an order that all registered voters in New Jersey are to receive a mail-in ballot. But if I specifically requested a mail-in ballot and I decide to vote in person instead, can I go to my local polling location to vote on Nov. 3? Or am I required to use my mail in ballot because I specifically requested one?
If I prefer to personally hand in my ballot to a person, please let me know to which locations in Morris County I can deliver my ballot.
The opinions above are the author’s, and do not necessarily reflect those of this publication. Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi is welcome to respond here if she wishes.