Editor:


The League of Women Voters of Sussex Highlands (LWVSH) is dedicated to registering voters in Sussex County and to encouraging all citizens to vote. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives and changed dramatically how we conduct business to ensure we stay safe. As we address our elections, it is important to prioritize our safety, while ensuring voters participate in our democracy.


To that end, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey has made several recommendations to Governor Murphy and Secretary of State Way to ensure elections remain safe and voters have choices during this crisis. The League supports online voter registration to be set up before summer, vote-by-mail, maintaining vote at polling places for those voters for whom vote-by-mail is not easy, early and clear communication about all the changes, and have Election Day judges available to determine voter eligibility.


During this time of COVID-19, the League believes it is essential for voters to have the choice of vote-by-mail or at the polling place. Vote-by -mail is preferred and should be encouraged.


All voters should have ballots mailed to them with clear instructions, and should receive a vote-by-mail return envelope with prepaid postage. Multiple ballot drop-off options, including secure ballot drop-off locations, should be allowed.


And, people should be able to track their mail-in-ballots to find out if it was counted, and if it was rejected, why it was rejected. Voters should receive notice if their vote-by-mail ballots have been rejected because of a signature match, missing signature, or other technical issue. Voters should be given an opportunity to correct issues to ensure their ballot is counted.


The LWVSH will keep Sussex residents informed about primary and general election changes.


Litsa Binder, Sparta


President, LWVSH