UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The deadline for filing a petition to run in a June Primary Election as a Democratic or Republican candidate is Monday, April 1, 2019. Candidates who are interested, should register with the Union County Clerk's Office.  Independent candidates for both countywide and municipal office have until Primary Day.

Voters who wish to apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot can do so at two locations:

Office of the Union County Clerk 
Union County Courthouse - Election Division 
2 Broad Street, Room 113 
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207 
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Office of the Union County Clerk 
Frasier Building 
300 North Avenue East 
Westfield, New Jersey 07090 
Monday / Wednesday / Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Tuesday / Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Upcoming important election-related dates are:

APRIL

  • Monday, April 1 – Petition filing deadline 4:00 p.m. for the June Primary Election.
    • Democratic and Republican candidates for countywide office (Freeholder and Surrogate) must file their petitions with the Union County Clerk. 
    • Democratic and Republican candidates for municipal office must file their petitions with their municipal clerk.
    • Candidates for the Democratic County Committee must file their petitions with their municipal clerk.
  • Friday, April 5 – Deadline for objections to partisan candidates nominating petitions for the Primary Election.
  • Wednesday, April 10 – Deadline for the Determination of Petition Challenge for the Primary Election, Last day to file Party Declaration Forms to change political party affiliation for the June Primary.
  • Friday, April 12 –  Ballot Position Drawing for the Primary Election at 3:00 p.m. 
  • Monday, April 15 – Continuing Political Action Committee 1st quarter Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton.

MAY

  • Monday, May 6 – 29-Day Pre-Primary Election Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton.
  • Tuesday, May 14 – Last day to register to vote for the June Primary Election.
  • Tuesday, May 21 – Deadline for filing of appointments or applications for Challengers with the Union County Board of Elections for the Primary Election.
  • Friday, May 24 – 11-Day Pre-Primary Election Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton.
  • Tuesday, May 28 – Last day to apply by mail for a Mail-In Ballot for the Primary Election.
  • Friday, May 31 – Challenge to Mail-In Ballots for the Primary Election at the Board of Elections.

JUNE

  • Saturday, June 1 – Special opening from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. of the County Clerk Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield to apply for a Mail-In Ballot for the Primary Election.
  • Monday, June 3 – Last day to apply in person for a Mail-In Ballot before 3:00p.m. in the County Clerk Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield.
  • Tuesday, June 4 – Primary Election Day: Polls are open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 4 – Independent candidates for both countywide and municipal office must file their petitions with the Union County Clerk. The deadline for Independent petitions is 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 10 – Deadline for objections to Independent candidates nominating petitions for the General Election.
  • Thursday, June 13 – Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge for Independent petitions for the General Election.
  • Friday, June 21 – Deadline for Recount of the Primary Election; application to be made with Judge of Superior Court.
  • Monday, June 24 – 20-Day Post-Primary Election Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton.

JULY

  • Monday, July 15 – Continuing Political Action Committee 2nd quarter Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton
  • Monday, July 29 – Petition filing deadline 4 p.m. for the November School Board Election.

AUGUST

  • Friday, Aug. 2 – Deadline for objections to School Board candidates nominating petitions.
  • Thursday, Aug. 8 – Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge for School Board petitions.
  • Monday, Aug. 12 – General Election and School Board Election Ballot Position Drawing at 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 16 – Last day for a Municipal and/or County Governing Body to approve a proposition to appear on the  General Election Ballot.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Last day for an Independent candidate and School Board candidate to withdraw from the General Election Ballot (If a candidate withdraws by this date a new nominating petition naming a replacement candidate can be filed see September 3rd deadline).
  • Friday, Aug. 30 – Last day for voters of a municipality to place a proposition on the General Election Ballot.

SEPTEMBER

  • Tuesday, Sept. 3 – Petition filing deadline for a new Nomination Petition to fill a vacancy for an Independent candidate and School Board candidate for the General Election.
  • Friday, Sept. 6 – Deadline for School Board candidate to withdraw (The last possible date a candidate can withdraw without being able to file a replacement candidate.)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10 – Last day for a candidate nominated in the Primary Election to withdraw from the General Election.                                                                        
  • Thursday, Sept. 12 – Last day to fill a vacancy of Primary Election nominees.

OCTOBER

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15 – Continuing Political Action Committee 3rd quarter Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15 – Last day to register to vote for the General Election.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Deadline for filing of appointments or applications for Challengers with the Union County Board of Elections for the General Election, School Board Election and Hillside Municipal Non-Partisan Election.
  • Friday, Oct. 25  – 11-Day Pre-General Election, Pre-School Board Election and Pre-Hillside Municipal Non-Partisan Election Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Last day to apply by mail for a Mail-In Ballot for the General Election.

NOVEMBER

  • Friday, Nov. 1 – Challenge to Mail-In Ballots for the General Election, School Board Election and Hillside Municipal Non-Partisan Election at the Board of Elections.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2 – Special opening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. of the County Clerk Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield to apply for a  Mail-In Ballot for the General Election.
  • Monday, Nov. 4 –  Last day to apply in person for a Mail-In Ballot before 3:00 p.m. in the County Clerk Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5 – General Election Day: Polls are open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 22 – Deadline for Recount of the General Election, School Board Election and Hillside Municipal Non-Partisan Election application to be made with Judge of Superior Court.
  • Monday, Nov. 25 – 20-Day Post General Election, Post School Board Election and Post Hillside Municipal Non-Partisan Election Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton.

Joanne Rajoppi
Union County Clerk
jrajoppi@ucnj.org
908-527-4787
www.ucnj.org/cty-clerk