Union County, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds residents that her office has begun mailing Vote-by-Mail ballots to all registered Democratic and Republican voters in Union County.
Unaffiliated voters who wish to vote in the July 7 Primary Election will be mailed Vote-by-Mail applications, and must declare a party in order to receive a ballot.
“When you receive your Vote-by-Mail ballot, read the instructions carefully and fill it out right away using black ink,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “Then, do one of the following:”
- Mail it via U.S. Postal Service — postage is prepaid.
- Drop it off at Ballot Drop locations (locations will be announced prior to Election Day).
- Drop it off at the County Clerk’s main office at the County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, or at the annex office in the Colleen Fraser Building at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.
- Drop it off at the Union County Board of Elections at 271 North Broad Street.
No sample ballots will be sent for the July 7 Primary. Voters can view their sample ballot online at the County Clerk’s elections website, unioncountyvotes.com.
A video explaining how to vote by mail can be viewed at unioncountyvotes.com. Please note the following:
- Don’t detach anything
- Use black ink to fill in ovals completely (no check marks or X’s)
- Place your ballot in the certification envelope and sign the certification envelope
- Place the certification envelope into the return envelope.
- Mail or drop off your ballot as noted above.
- Practice putting your completed ballot together before you seal the envelopes.
Pursuant to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order, the July 7 Primary Election will be conducted primarily by Vote-by-Mail ballots. A limited number of polling locations will be open on Election Day for those who need to vote in person. A list of polling locations is available from the Union County Board of Elections, ucnj.org/boe.
Please note that Vote-by-Mail ballots cannot be used or dropped off at polling locations. In-person voters will use provisional ballots, which will be provided to them at the polling locations.
The following deadlines apply for the July 7 Primary Election:
- Final day to register to vote in time for the Primary Election: June 16
- Deadline to APPLY by Mail for Primary Election Vote By Mail ballot/unaffiliated voters to declare a party: June 30
- Deadline for a walk-in to obtain a vote-by-mail ballot: July 7 before 8:00 p.m.
- Primary Election Day: July 7, polls close at 8:00 p.m.
- Deadline to mail/postmark or drop off a VBM ballot- July 7 at 8:00 p.m.
For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for the free Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update.
For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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