EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  There are five days left until the 2020 general election, and voters in New Jersey have been busy mailing ballots or dropping them off in local ballot boxes like the one here in East Brunswick in the Municipal Complex. According to state election officials, more than 1.8 million people have cast ballots already in New Jersey.  In the 2106 Presidential/General election, 62% of registered voters in New Jersey cast their ballots.

This year, America/New Jersey/East Brunswick will have an election, not necessarily a single election day.  Provisional written ballots can still be cast at polling centers in the township from 6:00 am until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 3.  Also at that time, voters with disabilities may vote by machine at the same locations.

Polling locations in East Brunswick are Warnsdorfer, Central, Hammarskjold, and Churchill Schools.  Masks and social distancing are required at all locations.

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Voters who are voting by mail must observe the November 3 deadline for Post Office receipt of Mail-In Ballots.  That is, mail-in ballots must be sent at least 48 hours before the Tuesday deadline.

At 9:00 pm on November 3, Middlesex County will begin reporting preliminary results.  This year, however, the primary results will take longer to count due to the nature of paper voting that has been put into place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The initial results, especially in local elections, may not indicate the winners of the individual contests. 

According to the County Board of Elections, paper ballots that have been mailed in, dropped at the Board of Elections, or left in local ballot boxes have started to be counted already.  Those votes will be reflected in the count that will appear late in the evening on November 3.

Votes that include mail-ins and absentees will be reflected in a count that will be completed by November 10.

Provisional ballots cast at polling locations will be counted by November 20.

TAPinto East Brunswick will report initial results on November 3; a second round of results on November 11; and the final vote projections on December 3.

Should there be declared winners in any contest before December 3, TAPinto East Brunswick will report those separately.

TAPinto East Brunswick will report results in these contests:

*East Brunswick Mayor

*East Brunswick Township Council (2)

*East Brunswick Board of Education (3)

*East Brunswick Ballot Question regarding clean energy sourcing

When certified by the New Jersey State Board of Elections, the votes for the following contests will be reported:

*County Clerk

*County Freeholder (2)

*Member of Congress, 12th District

*Senator 

It is the goal of this publication to produce accurate, unbiased information that is supported by data.  The sources we consult are those coming directly from the State of New Jersey and Middlesex County.