Early Voting Opens


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New Jersey is allowing early voting for the first time this year and, if you did not get a ballot in the mail, you can take advantage of it.

There are 10 early voting locations in Essex County, and the closest one to Verona is the Cedar Grove Park Community Center at 199 Fairview Avenue, just north of the Verona Pool. All early voting polling places are open Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The other Essex County locations are in Bloomfield, East Orange, Fairfield, Irvington, Newark and West Orange, and you can find the full list of addresses at the bottom of this page.

While all New Jersey voters got mail-in ballots last November at the height of the pandemic, this year only voters who previously specifically requested a mail-in have been sent one. If you want to vote by mail this year and didn’t get a ballot, you can still request one until tomorrow, Tuesday, October 26, from the state Division of Elections website. You can also get a mail-in ballot by going to the County Clerk’s office in Newark before Monday, November 1 at 3 p.m.

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If you have a mail-in ballot and haven’t yet returned it, there is a secure ballot drop-box in front of the Verona Police Station on Bloomfield Avenue. 

Finally, if you want to go old school and vote in person in Verona, simply go to your assigned polling location on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2. If you don’t know where that is, you can check you polling location here.

In this year’s election, Verona is filling two seats on the Board of Education. You can read’s interviews with the candidates here, or watch the candidate forum sponsored by the Verona Conference of SCAs.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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