Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 22, 2019

Learn How to Use New Voting Machines in Union County this Summer and Fall

Voters in nine Union County municipalities have already used the new ExpressVote XL voting machine from the company ES&S, and it will debut in the remaining 12 municipalities on Election Day in November. Photo credit: ES&S.

Elizabeth, New Jersey – Twelve Union County municipalities will receive new voting machines for the first time in 20 years on Election Day this November, and the Union County Board of Elections is encouraging voters become familiar with the new machines ahead of time, by visiting hands-on public demonstration sessions this summer and fall.

Voters in Clark, Cranford, Hillside, Linden, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield and Summit will use the new machines for the first time on Election Day, Tuesday November 5.

Voters in Berkeley Heights, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Kenilworth, Mountainside, Union, Westfield and Winfield have already completed the transition to the new vote tabulation system.

“Voters who are already using the new machines have embraced the change. They appreciate the ease of the touch screen as well as the benefit of knowing their vote is properly recorded,” explained Nicole DiRado, Administrator at the Union County Board of Elections. “The public demonstrations provide voters with the opportunity to try out the new machines and see how the verified paper audit trail works, before they head to the polls in November.”

“Union County was among the first three counties in New Jersey to introduce the new voting machines last year, and we are looking forward to having this new technology available in all 21 of our municipalities,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “I encourage all residents to attend one of the upcoming demonstration sessions and familiarize themselves with the new machines before the General Election in November.”

The Election Board has been conducting demonstrations throughout the summer. They will continue through the weekend leading up to Election Day.

Demonstrations are scheduled at the following locations every week, excluding holiday closures:

Colleen Fraser Building
300 North Avenue East, Westfield
Saturdays 9:00am – 1:00pm

Union County Courthouse
2 Broad Street, 1st Floor, Elizabeth
Tuesdays, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Visitors to Union County’s Summer Arts weekly series of free outdoor concerts will also have the opportunity to try the new machines. This year, Summer Arts will take place at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside on July 24 and July 31, and at Oak Ridge Park in Clark on August 7, 14, 21 and 28. For more details about the Summer Arts series visit ucnj.org.

In addition, the new machines will be on hand at the following community events:

July 24 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Roselle Park Farmers Market – Chestnut Street

            12:00 – 6:00pm    

August 3 –  ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Hillside Concert – Live In The Mix – Conant Park – 310 Conant St

            12:00 – 8:00pm                  

August 6 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Meisel Park, Springfield – National Night Out

            Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm

August 6 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Summit National Night Out – 356 Broad Street, Summit

            Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm

August 6 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Plainfield National Night Out- 515 Watchung Avenue 

            5:30 – 8:30pm           

August 6 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Roselle Park National Night Out, Chestnut Street (Gazebo)

            5:00 – 9:00pm

August 6 –  ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Linden National Night Out, in front of city hall, Wood Avenue

            Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm           

August 6 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Clark National Night Out – Parking lot next to the Recreation Center

 430 Westfield Avenue 

Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm

August 6 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Roselle National Night Out –210 Chestnut Street (Between 1ST and 3rd Ave)         

            5:00 – 8:00pm      

August 6 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Cranford National Night Out – In front of Municipal Building – 8 Springfield Ave 

Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm

August 6 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

Scotch Plains National Night Out –430 Park Ave – grass area on Stage House side

            6:00 – 9:00pm       

August 13 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Plainfield – Cedar Brook Park apartments – 1272 Park Avenue      

            6:00 – 9:00pm     

August 15 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Linden Community Center – 1025 John Street

            6:30 – 8:30pm

August 21 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Roselle Park Farmers Market – Chestnut Street

            12:00 – 6:00pm

September 7 –  ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Roselle Multi Culture- Chestnut Street (Between 1st And 3rd Ave)  

            3:00 -9:00pm           

September 9 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Linden Library – 31 East Henry Street

            3:00 – 7:00pm          

September 11 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Cranford town Hall – 8 Springfield Avenue

            12:00 – 3:00pm          

September 12 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Scotch Plains – Town Hall Lobby – 430 Park Avenue

            10:00 – 2:00pm

September 14 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

Roselle Park Car Show – Chestnut Street 

            11:00 – 4:00pm

September 17 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Springfield Committee Meeting –Municipal Building – 100 Mountain Avenue      

            7:00pm

 September 18 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Hillside Municipal Building Lobby – Liberty & Hillside Avenues 

            11:00 – 3:00pm    

September 21 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Scotch Plains Farmers Market – Municipal Parking Lot – 430 Park Avenue

            8:00 – 11:00am     

September 24 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Clark Municipal Building Lobby – 430 Westfield Avenue 

            11:00 -3:00pm

September 27 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Linden City Hall Council Chambers – 301 North Wood Avenue  

            11:00 – 3:00pm

September 28 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Clark Library –303 Westfield Avenue

11:00 – 4:00pm

September 29 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Rockin Reservation- Trailside Watchung Reservation 452 New Providence Rd  

            Time: 11:00 – 5:00pm            

October 1 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Roselle Library -104 West Fourth Avenue  

            4:00 – 7:00pm           

October 2 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Summit Council meeting- Summit City Hall – 512 Springfield Avenue 

            7:30pm

October 5 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Scotch Plains Library –1927 Bartle Avenue

            10:00 -3:00pm         

October 5 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Festival of India – Roselle Park High School- 185 West Weber Avenue 

            5:00 – 11:00pm     

October 6- ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Springfield Fall Festival – Patriot Park, Wabeno Avenue 

            Time: 11:00 – 5:00pm

October 6 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Scotch Plains Day – Municipal Building Parking Lot – 430 Park Avenue 

            12:00 – 4:00pm   

October 7 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            New Providence Library – 377 Elkwood Ave

            3:00-7:00pm

October 12 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Clark Street Fair – UNICO – Municipal Grounds – 430 Westfield Avenue

            1:00 – 6:00pm       

October 15 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Cranford Town Hall – 8 Springfield Avenue

            6:30 – 8:00pm

October 15 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Springfield Library Meeting Room – 66 Mountain Avenue 

            1:00 – 4:00pm      

October 21 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Clark Council Meeting – Public Safety Building – 315 Westfield Avenue 

            7:00 – 9:30pm       

October 22 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Chestnut Street Housing Complex – 12 Chestnut Street, Summit 

            3:00- 7:00pm           

October 25 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Horse Show – Watchung Stables – 1160 Summit Lane, Mountainside

            4:00 – 8:00pm          

October 26 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Horse Show – Watchung Stables – 1160 Summit Lane Mountainside 

            8:00 – 2:00pm  

October 26 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Cranford Library – 224 Walnut Avenue

            11:00 – 4:00pm

October 27 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            New Providence Street Fair – 1260 Springfield Avenue

            10:00 – 4:00pm        

October 29 – ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Summit Public Library – 75 Maple Street

            3:00 – 7:00pm    

November 1- ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstration

            Pumpkin Sail – Echo Lake Park, Mountainside

            Time: TDA

The schedule will be updated on the Elections Board website at ucnj.org/ucboe as events are added.

Please contact the Union County Election Board to schedule a demonstration for your community group by calling 908-527-4123 or emailing ndirado@ucnj.org.

A video demonstration of the new machines is also available in English and Spanish, online at ucnj.org/ucboe.

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