Tuesday is Election Day in Bloomfield.
Besides the presidential election, residents will be casting a ballot on Congressional elections for District 10 and 11, United States senator and Essex County sheriff, as well as two state public questions.
Regular polling places will be open Tuesday in Bloomfield, after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to a few schools in town. Power to those schools – Brookdale, Demarest and Bloomfield Middle schools – has since been restored, while Carteret school will be powered by a generator to allow for voting.
Last week, Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin assured residents they would be able to vote regardless of power outages left in Hurricane Sandy's wake. Voters can vote early, by mail, and can even go directly to the clerk’s office, 465 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Newark, to pick up a mail-in ballot application. Deadline to vote via mail-in ballot is 3 p.m. Monday.
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President Barack Obama is in what some are calling a dead heat with Republican candidate Mitt Romney going into this year's presidential election. Patch has round-ups on the presidential hopefuls first, second and third debates.
10th Congressional District
After winning the June congressional primaries by a landslide, Democrat Donald M. Payne Jr. is no doubt the odds-on favorite going into the District 10 election against Republican candidate Brian C. Kelemen. Joanne Miller, of the Change, Change, Change party, and Mick Erickson, of the Libertarian Party, are also on the ballot.
District 10 includes part of Union and Hudson counties, Bloomfield, Newark, Montclair and West Orange, as well as all of South Orange and Maplewood.
11th Congressional District
Former Roseland mayor , is seeking election to the 11th congressional district over Republican incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen.
District 11 includes some of Bloomfield, Nutley and other parts of Essex and Passaic counties.
United States Senator
Republican State Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Sen. Robert Menendez will duke it out for the United States Senator seat, a position Menendez, a Democratic, has held since 2006. Kyrillos has held a seat in the New Jersey Senate since 1992. In a series of debates, the candidates have gone head-to-head on
Essex County Sheriff
Incumbent Armando Fontoura, a Democrat, is seeking his eighth term as Essex County sheriff Tuesday against Republican Orlando Mendez. Mendez, a Republican, ran unopposed in the June primary.
Residents will vote yes or no on two questions about the "Building Our Future Bond Act" and a constitutional amendment allowing contributions to be taken from justices' and judges' salaries for their employee benefits.