By Patch Staff
Here's a guide for voters participating
in Tuesday's special primary balloting for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Frank Lautenberg,
who died in June:
1. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Don't expect to see long lines outside the
polling locations: primaries normally only draw the most politically active
voters and Tuesday's voting—in September—isn't likely to change that trend.
On the bright side, don't expect to wait in long lines if you're voting!
2. Any registered voter can vote in the primary.
Many believe only voters who have declared a party affiliation can participate in the primary voting, but registered, independent voters can declare for a party and vote in that party's primary.
Voters registered with a party can also switch their party registration to vote in the primary, but needed to have completed the New Jersey Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form and filed it 55 days ago.
3. Republicans will chose between two candidates.
Alieta Eck, a physician at the Zaraphath Health Center in Somerset, is facing longtime libertarian stalwart Steve Lonegan, of Bogata. You can learn more about their positions from their July 31 debate.
4. Democrats will choose from four candidates.
More attention has been focused on the crowded Democratic field, which has frontrunner Newark Mayor Cory Booker facing popular Princeton U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.
You can learn about their positions from their final debate, held Aug. 8.
5. The candidates have eight weeks to campaign before the special election.
Gov. Chris Christie set a special election to be held Oct. 16, a few weeks ahead of the regular general election. The candidates for the seat will have two months to campaign before the election, with the winner taking the oath of office shortly after the election.
Currently, N.J. Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, of Bound Brook, was appointed to fill the seat until the election of a senator to complete Lautenberg's term.
Confused about where to vote? Check our list of Bloomfield polling places below.
Districts 2, 12: Franklin School
Districts 3, 4, 9: Civic Center
District 5: Forest Glen School
Districts 6, 7, 8, 10: Fairview School
District 11: Fire House No. 3 (144 East Passaic Avenue)
Districts 1, 4, 5, 7: Brookdale School
Districts 2, 3: Middle School
Districts 6, 10: Demarest School
Districts 8, 9, 11: Oakview School
Districts 1, 14: Central Fire House (373 Franklin Street)
Districts 2, 7: Watsessing School
Districts 4, 8, 9, 10: Carteret School
Districts 5, 12, 13: Berkeley School
Districts 6, 11: Fire House No. 2 (90 Watsessing Avenue)