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Early Voting to Begin in October for the 2021 General Election

government buildingEarly in-person voting will be conducted by voting machine at seven polling sites in Union County.

Union County, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds residents that early in-person voting in New Jersey will begin in October for the 2021 General Election. “There are three options for voting this year, so eligible voters can plan ahead and choose an option that makes it easy and convenient for them to participate, especially since this is a gubernatorial election year,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “It’s also important to have an alternate option ready, in case of unforeseen emergency.”

Under New Jersey state elections law, the three options available to voters for the 2021 General Election are:

  1. Vote-by-Mail. Please note that mail-in ballots will be available to voters at the end of September.
  2. Early voting in person, from October 23 to October 31. As a reminder, state law provides for Union County to have voting machines available at seven polling locations during this time.
  3. Voting in person on Election Day, November 2. In-person voters will use their designated polling place on Election Day.

Permanent Vote by Mail voters will receive an opt-out letter in the coming days, which provides an opportunity for users to remove themselves from the list for mail-in ballots if they no longer wish to receive their ballot automatically. The postage-paid self-mailer should be returned as quickly as possible.

Voters who are not on the permanent Vote by Mail list will need to request a mail-in ballot for the 2021 General Election. Please visit the County Clerk’s election website,, for information on applying for a mail-in ballot.

For more information about the County Clerk’s election services visit or contact the Elections Division at 908-527-4996 or

For more information about all County Clerk programs and services, visit online at or call 908-527-4787.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at

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