FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2007

CONTACT: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746, tplante@ucnj.org
UC Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, 908-527-4787

 

County Clerk Extends Office Hours for Absentee Voters

ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi will open her office on Saturday, November 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for voters seeking last-minute absentee ballots. The office will be open as a public service for voters unable to vote at the polls in the General Election on Tuesday, November 6.

“Every voter should have the opportunity to cast his or her ballot for state, county and municipal offices,” Rajoppi said. “We want to ensure that even those who have a last-minute change of plans can have a chance to vote.”

Mail-in absentee ballot applications legally cannot be accepted if they are postmarked after October 30. Walk-in applications are accepted up to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, the day before Election Day.

Voters will be able to drop-off their completed absentee ballot at the Union County Clerk’s office. This option, initiated five years ago, allows voters to pick up their ballots, vote in privacy and deposit them in a secured lockbox – all at the same office through 3 p.m. on Nov. 5.

“This option will make voting more accessible, particularly for senior citizens and students,” Rajoppi said.

Voters who need absentee ballots should apply as soon as possible to: Office of the County Clerk, Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street, Room 113, Elizabeth NJ 07207. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To obtain an application, registered voters may pick up the form at their local municipal building, or they can download the form at the Clerk’s website: http://www.ucnj.org/ctyclerk/absent04.html, or contact the Clerk’s office at 908-527-4996.