BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Due to COVID-19, the Primary Election has been moved to July 7, 2020 and will be PRIMARILY Vote-by-Mail (VBM). This means that the general public MUST VOTE-BY-MAIL instead of the traditional ability to vote in person at the polls.
There will only be two (2) polling locations open, but voters cannot just decide to vote in person. Those polling places are only be for Provisional Ballot Voting and for Disabled Voters who cannot vote on a paper ballot. If you have a disability and need an accessible ballot, please contact the Union County Board of Elections at 908-527-4123 or you may go to your assigned polling place (locations can be found on www.berkeleyheights.gov.)
Who will automatically receive a VBM Ballot?
- All active registered Democrats and Republicans will automatically receive a VBM Ballot. Please follow the directions on the Ballot to vote.
Who will automatically receive a VBM Application?
- ALL unaffiliated voters and inactive Democrat or Republicans voters. The Application can be used to declare your affiliation with either the Democratic or Republican Party. Once you declare, you will be mailed a VBM Ballot to cast your vote.
NOTE: The VBM Application will require you to declare your affiliation with either the Democratic or Republican Party. Once the completed VBM Application is received by the Union County Clerk’s Office, you will receive a ballot based upon your party affiliation.
- In order to receive a VBM Ballot and vote in the Primary, the VBM Application must be returned to the Union County Clerk’s Office and MUST be RECEIVED by June 30, 2020. In-person VBM Applications will be accepted by the County Clerk’s Election Office until 8:00 pm on July 7, 2020.
The County will provide prepaid postage for all VBM Ballots and VBM Applications, so no postage is necessary.
Sample Ballots will NOT be sent out this year. You will only receive the actual VBM Ballot (either automatically or as requested according to the information above). You can preview the ballot online. It will be posted on the Union County Clerk’s website at www.unioncountyvotes.com as soon as it is available.
The ballots will be mailed in waves beginning the first week of June. All voters should receive their ballots by mid-June.
Your ballot will include a return postage-paid envelope and can EITHER be put in the mail OR deposited in one of five (5) secure drop boxes located throughout the County OR delivered directly to the Board of Elections. Please note that VBM Ballots will NOT be accepted at polling location.
Once identified, the locations of the secure drop boxes will be posted on the County Clerk’s website. You can also contact the Board of Elections at 908-527-4123 for convenient locations.
Anyone delivering a ballot directly to the Board of Elections IS required to produce identification.
If someone other than the voter is delivering the ballot to the Board of Elections make sure that they fill out and sign the Bearer Section on the left front side of the return envelope and the voter fills out the back of the envelope.
If you are using the US Postal Service, the ballot must be postmarked on or before July 7, 2020 AND received by the Board of Elections by 8 pm on July 14, 2020 to be considered valid.
If you are using one of the 5 secure drop boxes, the deadline for delivering your ballot is 8:00 pm on July 7, 2020.
If you are delivering your ballot in-person, you may deliver it to the Board of Elections Office up until 8 pm on July 7th, the night of the Primary Election.
Issues with Your VBM Application or VBM Ballot
Note to Registered Republicans:
All Registered Republicans will receive a “corrected” ballot as there were issues with some of the Registered Republican Ballots. If you have not yet returned your original ballot:
- Wait for the NEW Ballot to arrive by mail and RETURN THAT ONE.
- Once you receive the NEW “corrected” VBM Ballot, you can discard the original one
If your VBM Ballot is lost, damaged or you do not believe you received it, you may request a duplicate from the County Clerk’s Office. You may also visit the County Clerk’s Office up until 8 pm on Election night to request a duplicate ballot.
If your VBM Application is rejected, the Union County Clerk’s Office will notify you of the reason(s) and you will be given an opportunity to cure the defect. Once the defect is cured, you will be issued a VBM Ballot. Be advised that if a VBM Application is received too close to Election Day, time may not permit the application to be cured to allow the voter to receive a VBM Ballot.
Do Not Detach the Certificate and attempt to tape it. If your Certificate is detached or damaged, request a new Certificate by contacting the County Clerk’s Election Office at 908-527-4996.
If your VBM Ballot is rejected, the Board of Elections will notify you following the Election with the reason why your ballot was not counted.
NOTE: Two common errors causing ballots to be rejected are:
- neglecting to sign the Certification
- the tampering of the Certificate of Election.
Voters that have previously requested to receive ballots by mail for all future elections will continue to receive ballots for all future elections. Voters who have not submitted an application for a VBM Ballot for the July 7, 2020 Primary Election will receive the VBM Ballot for the July 7, 2020 election only.
Voters will NOT be permitted to vote in person on a voting machine at a polling place. Voters who appear at the two (2) Berkeley Heights polling locations will be permitted to vote ONLY on a Provisional Paper Ballot which is similar to voting on your VBM Ballot.
We urge ALL VOTERS to vote using their VBM Ballot, as Provisional Ballots are counted last and must be checked against the VBM Ballots that have already been cast before they are accepted.
If you need additional assistance please contact Ana Minkoff, Township Clerk at 908-464-2700 ext.2220 or at email@example.com.