FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2009
CONTACT: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746
Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
County Clerk Extends Office Hours for Absentee Voters
ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi will open her office in the County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth on Saturday, May 30, 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 Primary Election on Tuesday, June 2.
“Every voter should have the opportunity to cast his or her ballot in the primary election for Governor, State Assembly, 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, June 1, the day before the primary election.
“By opening the office on the Saturday before the primary election, as we have done for the past thirteen 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, June 1.
“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 Clerk’s office has processed more than 1,400 absentee ballots to date for the Primary Election and expects the number to exceed 2,000 by Primary Day, Tuesday, June 2.
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, May 30, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., or Monday, June 1, before 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact the County Clerk’s office at 908-527-4996.