SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Clerk will conduct a ballot drawing via livestream on Friday, April 16, at 3 p.m., for the June 8 Primary Election.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ballot drawing was usually open to the public and held in the County Clerk’s Office, but this year residents can watch the ballot drawing in real-time at http://bit.ly/BallotDrawing2021.

After the live event, a video of the drawing will be available on the County Clerk’s webpage for interested parties to watch at their convenience.  To view the recording of the ballot drawing following its completion, visit http://bit.ly/BallotDrawingVideo.

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A random ballot-drawing of candidates’ names is a fair and equitable way to determine where their names will be placed on the ballot.

“My two priorities during the pandemic are to fulfill my mandate for a fair and open election process and to protect the public health by supporting social distancing guidelines,” said Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter. “This process allows me to do both.”

During elections, the Somerset County Clerk is responsible for receiving candidates’ petitions and designing sample ballots, machine ballots, and vote-by-mail ballots. The County Clerk also issues vote-by-mail ballots, tabulates election returns and issues certificates of election.