FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2013
Public Contact: Union County Clerk, 908-527-4996
Media Contact Only: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746
Union County Clerk Offers Sample Ballot Information On-Line for the General Election, Nov. 5
Offices in Westfield & Elizabeth Offer ‘Vote-By-Mail’ Service
ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds registered voters that sample ballots for the General Election on Tuesday, November 5, may be reviewed on-line by visiting the County Clerk’s website. The Clerk’s offices in Westfield and Elizabeth also offer a one-stop Vote-By-Mail service.
The names of candidates running in the General Election for Governor, State Senators, General Assembly Members, County Sheriff, County Freeholders, Municipal Officers and local School Boards in the Nov. 5 General Election are posted at http://ucnj.org/sample-ballots. Also listed are the two statewide Public Questions.
“As a former school board member, Mayor and Freeholder myself, I know the importance of an informed electorate,” Ms. Rajoppi said. “My website is designed to help voters familiarize themselves with the local candidates in all 21 Union County municipalities before Election Day.”
Eligible voters are able to apply for a Vote-By-Mail ballot for the General Election in person, receive their ballot and cast the ballot at the same time at the County Clerk’s offices in Westfield and Elizabeth.
“This one-stop voting service is available at my Westfield office as well as at the main office in Elizabeth,” Ms. Rajoppi said. “The service in Westfield and Elizabeth makes voting more accessible, particularly at the Westfield office with its convenient Saturday office hours and evening hours during the week. With the important November 5th General Election approaching quickly, my office is working to make the voting process as fast and convenient as we can for everyone who is registered to vote.”
A mailed application for a Vote-By-Mail ballot for the General Election must be received by Oct. 29th to be eligible. The deadline to apply in-person is Monday, Nov. 4th before 3:00 p.m.
The Westfield Annex of the County Clerk is located at 300 North Avenue East, Westfield 07090. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Main Office of the County Clerk is located at the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street, Room 113, Elizabeth, NJ 07207. Regular office hours in Elizabeth are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Elizabeth office also will be open on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Vote-By-Mail is an easy, secure process that has replaced the Absentee Ballot. Voters do not need to give a reason why they wish to Vote-By-Mail. To obtain an application form, voters also may pick up the form at their local municipal building; or they can download the form at the Union County Clerk’s website: www.ucnj.org/vote-by-mail. The Clerk’s website also includes a video that explains how to fill out the Vote-By-Mail application form.
More information about Vote-By-Mail or sample ballots for the General Election can be obtained by calling the County Clerk’s Office at 908-527-4996; by visiting the office at 2 Broad Street, Room 113, in Elizabeth; or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org .