Borough Clerk

The Municipal Clerk serves as secretary to the governing body, secretary to the municipal corporation, chief administrative officer of all elections, custodian of minutes, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and records of the municipality. The Borough Clerk's office also issues a variety of licenses.

Gabrielle Evangelista

Borough Clerk
(973) 361-8444 x2713

Robin Ghebreal

Deputy Clerk
(973) 361-8444 x2710

Borough Clerk

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Robin Ghebreal

Municipal Alliance Coordinator, Community Affairs Coordinator
(973) 361-8444 x2710

Gabrielle Evangelista

Borough Clerk
(973) 361-8444 x2713

July 7th Primary Election Information

Governor Murphy has postponed the Primary Election until July 7, 2020. Under Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 144, the July 7th Primary Election will be conducted primarily via vote by mail ballots (VBM). Every registered Republican and Democratic voter will automatically be mailed a VBM ballot for the July 7th Primary Election. Unaffiliated/Undeclared voters will receive an application to request a VBM ballot. 

The election will be primarily a vote by mail election, with a limited number of consolidated polling places. Wharton's polling place will be the American Legion 99 N. Main St.  If you have a disability and need an accessible ballot you can vote at a polling place on election day, where you’ll be given a headset and accessible device to allow you to cast your vote. All other voters are strongly encouraged to vote by mail. If you come to a polling place and are not disabled, you will only be allowed to vote using a provisional (paper) ballot, which is similar to a VBM ballot.

How do I return my VBM Ballot?

Your ballot packet will include a return postage-paid envelope, (no stamp necessary). You may mail your ballot back through the US Postal Service. You may also deposit your ballot in one of 5 secure drop boxes located throughout the county that has daily pick-up  For the dropbox locations click here. The closest location to Wharton is the Rockaway Township Municipal Building.  We cannot accept VBM ballots at Town Hall. VBM ballots will not be accepted at a polling place on Primary Election Day.

What is the deadline for returning my VBM Ballot?

If you are using the US Postal Service, the ballot must be postmarked on or before July 7, 2020 and received by the Board of Elections by 8 pm on July 14, 2020 to be considered valid and to be canvassed. If you are using one of the secure drop boxes, the deadline for delivering your ballot is 8:00 pm on July 7, 2020.

What should I do if I lose my VBM Ballot, it is destroyed or I do not believe I received it?

If your VBM Ballot is lost, damaged or you do not believe you received it, you may request a duplicate from the County Clerk’s Office at 973-285-6120.

Mail-in Ballot Status

Want to check the status of your mail-in ballot? Follow these steps:

  1. First, make sure you are registered to vote.
  2. Next, sign up for an NJ Department of Elections public access account.
  3. Once you’re logged in, click on the “Mail-in Ballot” button. Your entire history of mail-in ballots will be listed here – if your ballot hasn’t been received yet, it won’t be listed.

For a list of frequently asked questions from the Morris County Clerk's Office click here. For more information from the Morris County Elections click here and from the Morris County Clerk's Office click here.


Voter Registration

Am I eligible to vote? You are eligible if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States
  • You are a Morris County resident 30 days before the election
  • You are a resident of the election district in which you expect to vote on Election Day
  • You will be 18 years of age on or before the next electionYou are not incarcerated, on parole, or on probation due to a conviction for an indictable offense under any federal or state laws.
  • Note: you can register at 17, but can’t vote until you turn 18.

You may register by mailing a registration form to the Morris County Commissioner of Registration. Residents moving into the Borough of Wharton from another municipality in Morris County may simply complete a change of address form. If you moved from another county or state, you must re-register. Forms may be obtained at the Clerk's Office in Borough Hall or at the Morris County Elections website.

When is the voter registration deadline?

You must register to vote 21 days before any election. 

Polling Places

There are five voting districts in Wharton that vote at three different locations. Districts 1 and 3 vote at the American Legion. District 2 votes at Town Hall, Districts 4 and 5 vote at the Fire Department. Where you vote is based on your home address. Your voting district will be listed on your Voter Registration Card and the sample ballot that you will receive from the County before each election. If you are unsure of your polling place please check your calendar or call the Borough Clerk’s Office.

Morris County Voter's Guide

To view the Morris County Voter's Guide please click here.


The Clerk's Office is responsible for all licenses that are issued in town. All licenses (except for Liquor, Bingo and Raffle, and Hunting) expire December 31 of each year. Renewal forms are sent to current license holders in October of each year.

Types of Licenses:

  • Food and Drink
  • Games of Amusement
  • Tattoo Parlor
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pool Tables
  • Solicitor/Peddler
  • Vending Machine
  • Intra Municipal Taxi License
  • Hunting License- Issued September 1st each year

This may not be a complete listing of all licenses necessary. Please call the Clerk's Office with any questions about other licenses.

Bingo and Raffle Licenses are regulated by the State of New Jersey. Only registered non-profit organizations may apply for a Bingo or Raffle License. Please apply for all Bingo and Raffle licenses at least 25 days before the event is scheduled to take place. For more information about Bingo and Raffle licenses and application forms visit the state's website.

Wharton has fourteen Liquor Licenses which expire June 30 of each year. Renewals are sent in April of each year. No new liquor licenses can be created, they can only be transferred. Liquor Licensing is regulated by the State of New Jersey. For more information visit the state's website.