Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises residents who have lost a loved one that there is a simple procedure for removing them from the elections roll, in order to discontinue Vote-by-Mail ballots or other official election mailings under the deceased’s name.
“Because of the increased use of Vote-by-Mail ballots this year, my office has received many calls from residents who continue to receive Vote-by-Mail ballots for loved ones who have passed away,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “It is heartbreaking to hear of their distress, and I hope this guidance helps in some small way to ease their grief.”
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has issued executive orders mandating that the 2020 Primary and General elections be held primarily by mail, resulting in a significant increase in the use of Vote-by-Mail ballots.
To have a deceased voter removed from the election rolls in Union County, a family member or next of kin must send a signed letter to the Union County Board of Elections, 271 North Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07207.
The letter must indicate that the person who has passed away should be removed from the rolls, and it must include the deceased person’s name, address, date of birth, and date of death. A copy of the death certificate must be included.
Residents who have moved within Union County are also urged to file a voter registration form with their new address by Tuesday, October 13. Registration forms are available for download through the County Clerk’s website, unioncountyvotes.com, and through the free Union County Votes app for mobile devices.
For more information about all County Clerk programs and services, visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk or call 908-527-4787.
For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance on 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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