Some Union County voters will receive letters from the Union County Board of Elections over the coming weeks to advise them of signature deficiencies in their Vote-by-Mail ballots. Under New Jersey State law, voters who receive a “cure” letter have the opportunity to update their signature in order for their vote to be counted in the November 3 General Election.

“The ballot curing process is a new feature of elections in New Jersey. In some instances, a voter may have forgotten to sign their certificate envelope, or perhaps their signature has changed over time.  This process is aimed at ensuring that a voter is not deprived of exercising their right to participate in an election,” said Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado.

Voters who receive a cure letter are advised to read the instructions carefully, fill it out and return the form as soon as possible. A self-addressed, postage prepaid envelope is included in the mailing.

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“The Union County Board of Elections will only send official, election mail. It is important to open any mail sent from our office,” DiRado advised.

To view instructions for using a Vote-by-Mail ballot correctly, visit the Election Board online at ucnj.org/boe/make-sure-your-vote-by-mail-ballot-is-counted-2.

Instructions are also available at unioncountyvotes.com.

Early voting is already under way in Union County, and all voters are advised to return their Vote-by-Mail ballots as soon as possible.

The following early voting options are available to all voters:

  • Send the Vote-by-Mail ballot by U.S. Postal Service (postage is prepaid)
  • Deposit it in any one of 22 official Board of Elections ballot drop boxes located throughout Union County. All drop boxes are available on a 24/7 basis, and are under camera surveillance 24/7. All ballots are picked up daily by a bipartisan team from the Board of Elections.
  • Hand deliver it to the Board of Elections or County Clerk’s offices. Hand-delivery requires signing a register and showing New Jersey identification.
  • Designate a ballot bearer to hand deliver it (instructions are printed on the ballot).

Voters can also exercise all of these options on Election Day, November 3, until the polls close at 8:00 p.m. The Board of Elections and County Clerk’s offices will remain open until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day for voters choosing to hand deliver their ballots.

In addition, on Election Day a limited number of polling places will be open for in-person voting. Voters can hand deliver their Vote-by-Mail ballot to their designated polling place. Voters who come to their polling place without a Vote-by-Mail ballot will be provided with a paper provisional ballot to use.

ADA-accessible voting machines will be available only for voters with disabilities that prevent them from using a paper ballot.

For more details about voter options for the 2020 General Election, visit ucnj.org/boe, email ucboe@ucnj.org, or call 908-527-4123. All email and phone messages will be returned.

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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