FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 23, 2013
Public Contact: 908-527-4996

Media Contact Only: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746


County Clerk Extends Office Hours, June 1,
for Last-Minute Mail-In Primary Election Voters

Sample Ballots May Be Viewed on Clerk’s Website


Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi will open her offices in Elizabeth and Westfield on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for voters seeking last-minute mail-in ballots. The office in Elizabeth at the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street, and the office in Westfield at 300 North Avenue East, will be open as a public service for those voters who choose the Vote-By-Mail option for the Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, June 4.

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

Sample ballots for the Primary Election in each Union County municipality may be viewed by going to the County Clerk’s website: http://ucnj.org/sample-ballots .

“By opening the Elizabeth office on the Saturday before the primary election, as we have done for the past 17 years, along with the Westfield office, which has regular Saturday hours throughout the year, we hope to assist those citizens whose work schedules or other commitments keep them from applying to Vote-By-Mail during the work week,” 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 700 mail-in ballots to date for the Primary Election.

To obtain a Vote-By-Mail application, voters may download the form at the County Clerk’s website: http://ucnj.org/vote-by-mail, but they must bring the completed application to either of the County Clerk’s offices on Saturday, June 1, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., or on Monday, June 3, before 3:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the County Clerk’s office at 908-527-4996.

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