FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2008

CONTACT: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746
Seb D’Elia, 908-527-4419

 

Union County Clerk Extends Office Hours
Saturday, Feb. 2, for Absentee Voters

ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi will open her office on Saturday, Feb. 2, 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 seeking absentee ballot applications who will be unable to vote at the polls in the Presidential Primary Election on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

“Every voter should have the opportunity to cast his or her ballot in the Presidential Primary Election,” Rajoppi said. “We want to ensure that even those who have a last-minute change of plans can have a chance to vote.”

Walk-in applications are accepted up to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, the day before the Presidential Primary Election.

“By opening the office on the Saturday before the primary election, as we have done for the past twelve years, we hope to assist those citizens whose working hours or other commitments keep them from applying during the work week,” Rajoppi said.

Voters will be able to drop-off their completed absentee ballot at the Union County Clerk’s office located at 2 Broad Street in downtown Elizabeth. This option allows voters to pick up their ballots, vote in privacy and deposit them in a secured lockbox – all at the same office through 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4.

“Voters used to pick up absentee ballots at the Clerk’s office and then had to drive across town to deliver them to the Board of Elections,” Rajoppi said. “This option makes voting more accessible, particularly for senior citizens.”

Completed ballots will be kept in a secure lockbox under the control of the Union County Board of Elections, who will collect them for counting.

The Union County Clerk’s office has processed more than 3,000 absentee ballots to date for the Presidential Primary Election and expects the number to exceed 4,000 by Primary Day, Tuesday, Feb. 5.

To obtain an application, voters may download the form at the Clerk’s website: http://www.ucnj.org/ctyclerk/absent04.html, but they must bring the completed application to the County Clerk’s Office on Saturday, Feb. 2, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., or Monday, Feb. 4, before 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Clerk’s office at 908-527-4996.