Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2016

Story of Presidential Elections Told through Buttons & Banner Headlines

County Courthouse Union County NJUnion County, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi invites members of the public to visit the historic Courthouse Rotunda from now until November, to view a new exhibit of unique presidential campaign memorabilia from years past.

The exhibit includes campaign buttons, original newspaper clips and historic election results along with ballot memorabilia.

“If you are old enough to recall the days when candidates battled it out on newsprint, or if you were born into the digital age, this collection is designed to spark memories and prompt new insights into the many ways in which our democracy communicates,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “I hope this exhibit inspires Union County residents to engage in the process.”

“The new exhibit also adds visual interest and depth to our online repository of Presidential Election history,” Ms. Rajoppi added. The County Clerk’s website, ucnj.org/county-clerk, now includes statistics and candidates for Presidential Primaries and General Elections from 1920 to 2012.

The Courthouse Rotunda is a designated historic landmark located at the front of the County Courthouse complex, at 2 Broad Street in the heart of the midtown Elizabeth shopping district. It is easily accessible by mass transit, and ample public parking is located nearby at the J. Christian Bollwage Parking Garage.

The exhibit is designed to grow as the 2016 election season progresses. Union County residents who would like to contribute their personal memorabilia can contact Donna Connell at 908-527-4787.

As County Clerk, Ms. Rajoppi has been instrumental in historic preservation and educational initiatives in Union County. One recent highlight was a four-year, rotating exhibit in the Rotunda that marked the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

Ms. Rajoppi also publishes the annual Election Calendar featuring historical photographs and other images along with important election dates and deadlines. Copies of the 2016 Election Calendar are still available. To have a free copy mailed to you, use the online request form at ucnj.org/county-clerk.

Visitors to the County Courthouse who wish to use a Vote-By-Mail Ballot for the upcoming June 7th Primary Election can stop by the County Clerk’s Main Office on the second floor and pick up their ballot in person.

“Any eligible voter can use a Vote-By-Mail Ballot, and our “One-Stop” service provides a secure drop-box so you obtain your ballot, fill it out, and cast it within the same visit,” said Ms. Rajoppi.

The One-Stop service is also available at the County Clerk’s Annex, located at the Colleen Fraser Building in the county services complex at 300 North Avenue East, in Westfield.

For complete details on all County Clerk election services, including Vote-By-Mail deadlines and extended office hours, call 908-527-4996 or visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk/elections.

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