FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2008

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

 

County Clerk Extends Office Hours for Absentee Voters;
15,000 Absentee Votes Expected in Union County

 

ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi will open her office on Saturday, November 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for voters seeking last-minute absentee ballots. The office located at 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth, will be open as a public service for voters seeking absentee ballot applications to vote in the Nov. 4th General Election. Voters do not need to give a reason for why they wish to vote by absentee ballot.

“Every voter should have the opportunity to cast his or her ballot in the general election for President, the United States Senate, the House of Representatives, 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.”

Walk-in applications are accepted up to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3, the day before the general election.

“By opening the office on the Saturday before the general 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. 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, November 3.

“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. “The current 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 Clerk’s office has processed more than 11,000 absentee ballots to date for the General Election and expects the number to exceed 15,000 by Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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, Nov. 1, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., or on Monday,
Nov. 3, before 3:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the Union County Clerk’s office at 908-527-4996.