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Parsippany General Election Day Off to Busy Start

Town clerk, overseeing her first Par-Troy election, says lines greeted many polling places.

Election Day is finally here, and despite Sandy's winds and rain and the loss it left behind, it appears residents are anxious to have their say at the ballot box.

Asked how her first Parsippany election since coming to town was going, Municipal Clerk Yancy Wazirmas said that things were hectic.

"It's been busy," she said. "We had a line at [5:45 a.m.] before the polls opened."

Wazirmas has had to preside over an election process hampered by the superstorm. Several Parsippany polling places were put out of commission—for example, Lake Hiawatha School suffered serious roof damage—so balloting sites were consolidated, and even Town Hall is hosting voters.

Despite the storm and national predictions of low turnout in areas hard hit by Sandy, the Par-Troy clerk thinks otherwise.

"I expect the polls to be busy," she said. "People are determined to vote. This is a big and important election."

Wazirmas said she would do her tallying work in the morning, noting that Parsippany vote totals will be sent via computer memory cards, directly to Joan Bramhall, the Morris County Clerk. She said Morristown is where the official vote count will take place and where all the paper ballots —absentee, provisional—will e counted.

In the meantime, the Parsippany clerk said she is preparing to tour all the polling sites to ensure that everything is operating smoothly and to take action if something isn't.

"It's hectic, but under control," Wazirmas said.

Bob Crawford November 06, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Have spent the past three hours at Central Middle School advising neighbors from District 22 and 23 that they cannot vote there but have to cast their votes at Northvail Elementary School. There is a 8x11 piece of paper posted on Central's door that advises voters of that fact but many of the people arriving to vote at Central are having some trouble understanding the directions that are provided and are not certain how to proceed. It will be dark well before voting closes this evening and I have asked the Mayors Office to make sure that the Central building is well lit so that people coming up the long driveway into the parking lot to vote don't find a dark building greeting them. Hopefully any usual Parsippany voting site that will not be in use this evening will be well lit with someone on hand to provide in person directions to voters unaware of the changed voting locations. While at Central I spoke to 70 voters all of whom appreciated the extra step taken to ensure that they would know where to vote. Hopefully, the Town Clerk's office will be able to provide that support this evening when it gets dark
PV November 06, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I HOPE WE GET POWER BACK TONIGHT, IT'S FREEZING COLE & NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE SINCE MONDAY:-(
PV November 06, 2012 at 09:50 PM
DOES ANYONE KNOWS ABOUT WHEN WE WILL GET POWER BACK PARSIPPANY TROY HILLS TOWNSHIPS

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