Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces a new service for voters that makes sample ballots for the upcoming School Board Elections accessible online. The new website access, available at www.ucnj.org/government/county-clerk/2011-school-board-ballots/  is in addition to the mailed sample ballot each registered voter is mandated to receive at their home address prior to the School Board Election on Wednesday, April 27.

“I am excited by this new program that we are bringing to voters,” Ms. Rajoppi said. “Preparing to vote in School Board Elections in Union County just got easier. We are the first county in the state to put municipal School Board candidates and proposed budget figures online so that voters in each town can preview their specific ballot.”

Ms. Rajoppi said the increased accessibility will allow voters more time to familiarize themselves with the ballot and better prepare them for the voting booth. The information on the web also is made available in the event a voter moves, misplaces their mailed sample ballot, or the voter is the victim of a lost sample ballot. Students who attend out of state schools also can benefit by familiarizing themselves with the ballot in preparation for voting by mail.

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The new online service allows the voters in 20 Union County municipalities (excluding Summit) to access their ballot by selecting their municipality.

“I encourage registered voters to use this simple tool to preview their ballot before casting their vote in the School Board Election on Wednesday, April 27th,” Ms. Rajoppi said.

Voters who wish to Vote By Mail in the April 27th School Board Election must forward their application to the County Clerk to be received no later than Wednesday, April 20. The application is available at http://ucnj.org/government/county-clerk/vote-by-mail .