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Referendum Sample Ballots Not Received by Some Residents

Days before the fields vote, some voters are concerned about not being informed prior to Tuesday's special election.

Prior to any election, the Morris County clerk's office is expected to mail sample ballots to residents in hopes of making them informed voters. But just days before the Tuesday Parsippany Board of Education fields referendum, some voters have yet to receive the document. 

One of those residents is Michael Espejo, who told Patch that he and many of his neighbors in the Brooklawn Drive area did not receive that ballot.

"No one on Brooklawn Drive that I know got it," said Espejo.

He called the county clerk's office where he said an employee told him that whether the sample ballots arrive or not, the election will go forward Tuesday from2-9 p.m. as scheduled.

"I'm concerned," said Espejo. "The sample ballot is the only way some people are going to know about the election."

He specifically mentioned seniors and those without children, who may not have direct contact with the schools and therefore may not know an election is being mounted.

Adding to his concern, he said, is the fact that the day before the election is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday when mail will not be delivered.

Patch contacted the county clerk's and elections offices in Morristown. An elections supervisor who refused to give her name said that sometimes things get lost in the mail, adding that she had received only one call complaining about the missing ballot.

The woman said the sample ballots went into the mail on Tuesday and that after hearing from the Parsippany resident, she contacted the Morris Plains Post Office, which serves the Brooklawn Drive area.

"All I can say is the Morris Plains postmaster said they were dealing with it," the election worker said. "[The ballots] went to the same post office we always use on Tuesday and from there they went to Newark['s post office]. Newark has the responsibility to send them."

The elections employee said the sample ballot can be found online on the Morris County Clerk website

Patch is attaching the sample ballot to this article, so that proactive citizens may print copies to deliver to senior centers and other residents is they choose to do so.

The school district website offers details of the referendum. More information, including .

Espejo said that in the interest of democracy, he hopes his fellow Parsippany residents get the message—and visit the polls Tuesday.

"Regardless of whether they vote for or against [the school board's $7.7 million high school athletic improvements plan], I want people to be aware.

"And I want them to vote."

steve revette January 21, 2013 at 04:50 AM
Yes seriously who ever is doing that it needs to stop. Whether you agree or disagree with somebody it is totally disrespectful to make names pretending to be somebody else. It is not good for patch. Be respectful of EVERYONE's opinion whether you agree or disagree. We don't need to do name calling and immature stuff like that. Remember We're ALL suppose to be ADULTS now start acting like it.
Carol M. January 21, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Oh look, there's another Carol M here. I see that you feel completely the opposite of how I feel; it's just too bad that you are not capable of stringing your OWN words together in coherent thought and that you must resort to a copy paste to communicate at all. I've heard that imitation is the highest form of flattery so I'll accept your admiration, thank you. It's also too bad that you do not feel empowered to post as yourself, could it be a daddy issue? You might try and seek some help for that, there are professionals out there who specialize in those sort of issues.
Rick January 21, 2013 at 08:09 PM
I resist the temptation to read the patch let alone to add any comment. Although I think the Natalie’s work here is commendable and the Patch has served as a balanced resource for information about Parsippany, it’s obvious that most on here (not all) intend only to use the comment section for diatribe. Worse yet they hide behind fictitious names in cowardly attacks on one another. My name is Rick Nogueira and I live on Brooklawn Dr.; and I am using this posting as a record. I, like so many others impacted, have not received any sample ballot. I am a resident of Parsippany Troy Hills and I am likely the most impacted by this referendum because of my proximity to the field. My position on the referendum is irrelevant; the issue is the democratic process which is based on principles of democracy. Democracy is a form of government where all citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. How can an uninformed citizen cast a vote? Those ballots should have been sent to ALL who will be affected by this vote. That is the only way a democracy can work.
Carol M. January 22, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Mrs Sclafani you were correct, the 9:43 post was not mine. You can double check on whether a post is valid by clicking on the poster's name. If you are directed to the profile page then it is valid but if you are directed elsewhere, it is probably a mimic post.
Monique Varga January 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM
I just received my ballot, along with all of my neighbors today at 4:00PM. The day of the voting!!

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