Real-Time Mail-In Ballot Processing Accessible on the County Website

The Union County Board of Elections is providing residents with a way to see how a fair and transparent election plays out – live.

The public will be allowed to watch ballot processing from two different perspectives in real time via live stream. Ballot processing for the November 3rd General Election will be live streamed on https://ucnj.org/boe/live-camera-feeds/

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“The Board of Elections has worked hard to make this new voting reality as seamless as possible for voters within Union County” said Union County Board of Elections Administrator, Nicole DiRado. “Vote-by-Mail is a reliable, secure and accurate way to vote and providing residents the opportunity see the ballot processing live instills further trust and confidence in the process.”

The live stream will be accessible throughout the Board of Elections operations for the General Election. Viewers will be able to see a view of the tabulation machines as well as view the Board of Elections employees opening and prepping ballots.

The New Jersey State Legislature passed a trio of election laws in August 2020 that included a provision allowing counties for the first time ever to begin the counting of ballots to begin as early as 10 days before polls close to mitigate the large volume of paper ballots being mailed in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Saturday, October 24, counties in New Jersey can start running ballots through scanning machines, which read and record the colored circles and translate them into vote counts. 

The machines keep running tallies in memory that are not readily available to those working at the Board of Elections processing ballots. It is prohibited by law to disclose any election results before polls close at 8:00 p.m. on November 3. Disclosure of such information is a third-degree offense and is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

For additional instructions on filling out a Vote-by-Mail ballot, as well as locations of official ballot drop boxes within Union County, visit the Board of Elections online at https://ucnj.org/boe/.

To contact the Board of Elections call 908-527-4123 or email ucboe@ucnj.org.