Why Vote?

Civil rights are under attack.

Efforts are underway to roll back hard-fought advances in equality of opportunity.  We cannot afford to let our voices be silenced.

Our schools are in danger.

Urban public schools are under-funded and civil rights enforcement in education is under attack.  We must be a nation that respects educational inclusion.

Everyone deserves healthcare.

Politicians want to repeal and deny access to Obamacare, which will increase the rate of uninsured Blacks.  The healthcare for millions depends on you.

Racially-motivated hate crimes are on the rise.

Use of unjustified violence by police against unarmed people of color goes unchecked.  Your vote is a voice for those whose lives have been taken.

Follow the money.

Black household income is 40% less than that of White Americans.  The poverty rate is more than twice as high. Black workers are paid less than whites at every educational level.


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Statewide Election (Primary) - Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Register to Vote - by Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Early Voting - Saturday, October 23 - Sunday, October 31, 2021

Apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail - by Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Apply for a Mail-In Ballot in Person - by Monday, November 1, 2021

Statewide Election (General) - Tuesday, November 2, 2021; polling times are generally 6am - 8pm

Governor - Phil Murphy

Lieutenant Governor - Sheila Y. Oliver

Legislative Members by Municipality

Legislative District by Number - Essex County Districts are 27, 28 and 29

County Executive - Joseph N. DiVencenzo, Jr.

Chief of Staff - Philip B. Alagia

Essex County Clerk - Christopher J. Durkin

Deputy Chief of Staff - M. Teresa Ruiz

Deputy Chief of Staff - William D. Payne

County Commissioners
Wayne L. Richardson, President
Carlos Pomares, Vice President
Brendan W. Gill
Rufus I. Johnson
Patricia Sebold
Romaine Graham
Robert Mercado
Tyshammie L. Cooper
Leonard M. Luciano

Essex County Directory