BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The upcoming Nov. 3 general election will be conducted primarily by mail, with vote-by-mail ballots scheduled to be sent to all active registered voters on or about Oct. 5, 2020, according to information from Bernards Township. 

All ballots will have prepaid return postage. Ballots being returned by mail must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 10 by 8 p.m., the township said.

Ballot boxes and limited in-person voting also available

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As in the July primary election, Bernards Township also will be one of Somerset County's locations for dropping off a completed ballot in a secure ballot drop box.

Once the ballots are mailed out by Somerset County on around Oct. 5, the locked ballot box installed at the Bernards Township municipal building will again be open 24/7 in the lobby at 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, said Municipal Clerk Rhonda Pisano.

Ballots from Somerset County residents must be deposited in the secure drop box by 8 p.m. on election day, Nov. 3, according to Bernards Township.

There also will be a limited number of polling locations to be determined, but not less than one, in each municipality for in-person voting throughout Somerset County, according to the township. Any voter who chooses to cast their vote in-person, will do so using a paper provisional ballot except individuals with disabilities who will have access to an ADA conforming voting machine.  

This year's election is being conducted statewide in accordance with Gov. Murphy's executive order No. 177.

All of the at least 10 secure ballot drop boxes in locations throughout Somerset County will be available to any registered voter within the county, according to the township. "This option ensures that your ballot is received," the township's release said. 

The deadline to register to vote is October 13. An application to register to vote is on Bernards Township website. 

Voters can also double check your voter registration status by visiting nj.gov/state/elections.

In addition, township voters will receive notification about their polling place location, secure ballot drop box locations, and information about how to obtain or view a sample ballot, the township's release said. This notification is due to be mailed by October 23.

As a reminder, residents are urged to sign-up for RAVE Mobile Safety Communications System at www.bernards.org to receive alerts and notices.