ATTENTION WARREN TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS
The Governor’s Executive Order 144 defined the July 7, 2020 Primary Election as a primarily Vote-By-Mail election. Instead of mailing sample ballots to residents, Somerset County will be sending postage paid Vote-by-Mail ballots to all active registered Democrat and Republican voters. These ballots will be mailed out from the County offices on or about 06/12/2020. Unaffiliated, or inactive Democrat or Republican voters, can complete a Vote-by-Mail application that must be returned by 06/30/2020.
Unaffiliated and “inactive” voters have been mailed a special application to use if they would like to receive a mail-in ballot for the a July 7 Primary. If an application has been mistakenly discarded or lost, a replacement can be downloaded in English or Spanish at www.co.somerset.nj.us/2020Primary. Voters may also apply in person at the Somerset County Clerk’s Office at 20 Grove Street in Somerville before 8:00 pm the day of the election.
For the safety of our voters and poll workers, the Warren Township Clerk’s Office is strongly urging all residents to please take advantage of Vote-by-Mail ballots to cast your vote. The postage paid mail in ballots can be returned via the United States Postal Service or dropped off at one of the five drop boxes that will be located throughout Somerset County. Please see the video on “How to Vote by Mail” online at www.co.somerset.nj.us/2020Primary. The locations of these drop boxes are listed below:
- BERNARDS TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ
- BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING, 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ
- SOMERSET COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, NJ
- HILLSBOROUGH MUNICIPAL BUILDING, 379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ
- FRANKLIN MUNICIPAL BUILDING, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ
Effective immediately, voters and authorized bearers will be able to drop off their mail-in ballots at any of the five (5) locations, during any time, for 24 hours up until 8 p.m. on Election Night, July 7, 2020. The drop boxes will always be under video surveillance.
In lieu of voting by mail, a provisional (paper) ballot can be completed at the polling location on Primary Election Day. Mail in ballots cannot be accepted at the polling location. The County Clerk and the Board of Elections have determined that the only polling location in Warren Township for the July 7 Primary Election will be located at the Warren Township Municipal Court. The polls will be open 6:00 am until 8:00 pm. Social distancing, masks and sanitary guidelines will be followed. There will only be one voting machine available and that is reserved for residents with disabilities requiring an ADA voting system. YOU MAY ONLY VOTE BY PROVISIONAL BALLOT AT THE MUNICIPAL COURT.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Township Clerk’s Office at 908-753-8000 ext. 222 and 223.
ELECTIONS – PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Polling locations have changed
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4: vote at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 105 Mountainview Rd., Warren, NJ
Districts 5, 6, 9, 10: vote at Stonecrest Community Church, 11 Technology Drive – North, Warren, NJ
Districts 7 & 8: vote at Community Volunteer Fire Company, 14 Community Place, Warren, NJ
Districts 11: vote at Warren Library, 42 Mountain Blvd., Warren, NJ
Districts 12 & 13: vote at Warren Municipal Court, 44 Mountain Blvd., Warren, NJ
A Municipal Clerk, as defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:9-133, performs many Statutory duties and serves the Governing Body and Municipal Corporation. A Municipal Clerk maintains high ethical standards and remains impartial and apolitical in dealing with Public Officials and citizens.
The goals of the Warren Township Clerk and her staff is to assist and guide all residents and the general public in a friendly, helpful and courteous manner. The Office is an excellent source of information and maintains official documents including Ordinances, Resolutions, Minutes of the Governing Body meetings as well as legal documents.
The Statutory Core Duties/ Responsibilities of the Township Clerk are as follows:
Serves the Governing Body and Municipal Corporation
- Advise and guide the Township Committee on the Open Public Meetings Act, Elections, Open Public Records Act and other applicable Statutes.
- Prepare Resolutions, Ordinances, and Meeting Agendas. Attend all Township Committee meetings and prepare Minutes. Process and publish Ordinances.
- Maintain custody of official documents/records, the Municipal Seal, attests to signatures of Officials and signs official documents.
- Insure all OPRA Requests are handled in a timely manner.
- Administer Oaths of Office.
- Accepts service of legal documents.
- Oversee the Primary, General and School Board Elections. Tally Votes.
- Guide the Public on Voting rights and Election Laws.
- Provide Voter Registration forms (initial and any changes), Vote by Mail forms and Party Affiliation forms.
- Monitor Election District sizes and number of Voters.
- Secure Polling locations.
- Accept, certify and maintain receipt of Nominating Petitions.
- Responsible for implementing local archives and records programs including records storage, retention and destruction according to Statute.
- Responsible for all Liquor License activities including the renewal process, transfers or any changes to Licenses.
- Insure compliance with the Local Government Ethics Law regarding Financial Disclosure Statements.
- Review, approve and process Raffle and Bingo applications and Licenses, Block Party Permits, Parades/Walks/Run Permits, Limo licenses.
- Receive and process Tort Claims
- Maintain receipt of Landlord/Tenant Registrations
Performs such other duties imposed by Statute, regulations or by municipal ordinance or regulation.