Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 10, 2020

Complete Details on Vote-by-Mail for Union County Residents

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:

  1. Don’t detach anything
  2. Use black ink to fill in ovals completely (no check marks or X’s)
  3. Place your ballot in the certification envelope and sign the certification envelope
  4. Place the certification envelope into the return envelope.
  5. Mail or drop off your ballot as noted above.
  6. 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 about the County Clerk’s election services visit unioncountyvotes.com or contact the Elections Division at 908-527-4996 or ucvote@ucnj.org.

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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