MADISON – In a joint statement, Councilwoman Debra Coen of Hoyt Street and Board of Health President Eric Range of Belleau Avenue urge all Madison registered voters to vote in the 2021 General Election. (Registration for voting in the 2021 Election closed on October 12.)
“At the local level, the elections for seats on the Madison Borough Council and the Madison Board of Education are uncontested this year,” stated Councilwoman Coen. “Eric and I are running unopposed for Council as are the two announced candidates for the Board of Education: incumbent Sarah Fischer and first-time candidate Grace Kim.
At the state level, the elections for governor and the entire legislature are all contested and so are the three Morris County Commission seats up for election in 2021. There are also two proposed New Jersey Constitutional questions on the November ballot. There is much to vote for.”
Candidate Range reminded voters that “2021 is considered an ‘off-year’ election, and so we can expect a light voter turnout which means that each vote has a greater impact on the election results. Your vote counts!”
Madison voters have three options for voting this fall: voting by mail or secure drop-off box, early voting at the Madison Civic Center on Walnut Street from October 23 through October 31, as well as traditional Election Day (Tuesday, November 2) voting at the voter’s assigned district polling site. For more detailed information on voting, including district polling sites, voters can go to the MDC Voter Info page.
“Voters who have signed up to vote by mail likely already have their ballots,” stated Councilwoman Coen. “We encourage these voters to complete their ballots now and quickly return them. We recommend using the secure drop-off box located in the commuter parking lot behind the Madison Public Safety Building rather than the USPS. Note that this year, completed vote-by-mail paper ballots cannot be submitted at the polling sites on Election Day.”
Read Madison Democrat candidates urge all to remember to vote on Election Day on the Madison Eagle website
Coen and Range stated: “We strongly endorse Governor Phil Murphy and our representatives in the State Legislature, State Senator Richard Codey, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Assemblyman John McKeon, for re-election. Working together, they have increased state funding for our public schools, enacted the nation’s strongest equal pay legislation and have restored the funding for women’s healthcare that was cut by the previous administration. Codey, Jasey, and McKeon are also working hard to address climate change and improve our environment.
Governor Murphy’s leadership in the fight against Covid-19 has helped New Jersey achieve the (tied for) sixth highest vaccination rate of all states in the nation (including D.C.) and consequently as of October 16th , New Jersey was tied for the sixth lowest mortality rate (per 100,000 residents) and the sixth lowest hospitalization rate due to Covid-19.
We also believe that it is time to have Democratic voices on the Morris County Commission and we support candidates T.C. McCourt and Dina Mikulka for election to the commission.”
Councilwoman Debra Coen served as Council liaison to the Board of Health as the board managed Madison’s fight against COVID-19. Prior to serving on Council, she spent many years as a volunteer in the school system, including one term on the Madison Board of Education.
Candidate Eric Range has been on the Madison Board of Health for six years and has been its president since 2017. He has also been a member of the Downtown Development Commission (DDC) for 16 years and has served as its chairman. He has also chaired numerous DDC sub-committees, including the Taste of Madison Subcommittee.
In conclusion, the candidates asked that all Madison voters remember to vote in this year’s general election by one of the three voting options offered and that they consider voting for the entire Democratic ticket.
“Let’s all make it a habit to vote in every election and let’s keep the trend going of electing Democrats at all levels of government who are getting the job done for our communities.” they said.