Chatham Township residents have to travel a little further away than usual to cast their ballots Tuesday. But never fear, Chatham Patch is here to tell you all you need to know.
First of all, there is one contested race for a spot on the Chatham Township Committee. Republican Kevin Sullivan and Democrat Richard Erich Templin are both running for the seat in the township's first contested general election in years.
Three regular-term seats on the Morris County Board of Freeholders are up for election, with Democrats Wasim Kahn, Toshiba Foster (Morristown) and Joy Singh taking on GOP candidates John Cesaro, John Krickus and David Scapicchio. Republican Hank Lyon will face Democrat Truscha Quatrone for an unexpired term.
In the 11th Congressional district, longtime Republican Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, who faced no opposition in the GOP primary, will take on Democratic Challenger John Arvanites, who also had no opponents in the primary.
In the United States Senate, incumbent Bob Menendez (D), the junior United States Senator from New Jersey who was first appointed in 2006 to fill Jon Corzine's seat, takes on Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos, who easily defeated three opponents in the primary.
President Barack Obama will presumptively face former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a campaign that has already focused heavily on the economy and job growth.
Chatham Township has a total of 7,810 registered voters, including 1,541 Democrats, 3,109 Republicans and 3,155 unaffiliated voters.
In the 2008 Presidential election, nearly 54 percent of township residents voted for then-GOP candidate Sen. John McCain.
Due to continued power outages from Tropical Storm Sandy, polling places in Chatham Township have been consolidated. All polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Here are the places you should vote. If you do not know your district number, it is printed on the sample ballot that was mailed to your home:
- District 1 residents who typically vote at the Green Village Fire House will still vote there. The address is 529 Green Village Rd., (973) 377-7073.
- District 2 and 4 residents who usually vote in Webber Hall at Long Hill Chapel can instead report to the Green Village Fire House.
District 3 and 5 residents, who normally vote in the gym at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, can instead report to the Green Village Fire House.
- District 6 residents who typically vote in the all-purpose room of the Senior Center of the Chathams should instead report to the Chatham Township Firehouse, 495 River Rd., (973) 635-8061.
- District 7 residents who usually vote in the court foyer of the Township Municipal Building should vote at the Chatham Township Firehouse.
- District 8 and 9 residents can vote as usual in the all-purpose room at the Chatham Township Firehouse.
- District 10 residents who usually vote in the all-purpose room at the Briarwood Coachlight Club House should instead vote at the Chatham Township Firehouse.
According to Chatham Township Clerk Gregory LaConte, each township polling both should have:
- A map of voting districts
- Polling places/phone numbers
- Black pens or pencils
- Scotch tape
- Paper clips
- Elastic bands
- Large-eyed needles
- Date stamps
- Stamp pads
- Township of Chatham stamp
- Black marker