SOMERSET, NJ - Today is the last day to register to vote for the June 4 primaries. New Jersey is a closed primary state.  

There are no primary challenges on the local level as of May 13.

1. Who is running for what?

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In a three-way, Democratic primary race for Legislative District 17, incumbents Joe Danielsen and Joseph V. Egan will contend with Ron Rivers to face republicans Patricia Badovinac and Maria Conception Powell on Election day November 5. 

The primary battle for the Democrats’ nominee for Somerset County Sheriff features Darren Russo, a retired Franklin Township police lieutenant who ran unsuccessfully against retiring Sheriff Frank Provenzano three years ago, losing narrowly by 600 votes. He will be opposed by Somerville resident Art Atkins, a former police officer in Bridgewater.

North Plainfield Police Chief Bill Parenti is opposing Tim Pino, a former captain in the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit for the GOP nomination for County Sheriff. 

Republican Pat Walsh, deputy director of the Somerset County Freeholders is being challenged by Robert Quinn of Franklin, who ran for Assembly in the 17th District in 2017. 

Residents in Franklin Township will have the opportunity to vote for mayor, three council-at-large seats, a freeholder seat, and two assemblyman seats on Election Day, November 5.

Mayor Phil Kramer (D) and candidate for mayor will meet challenger Beverly Briggs-Lawson (R) during the November election.

Incumbents Councilwoman At-Large Kimberly Francois (D), Councilwoman At-Large Crystal Pruitt (D), and Sivaraman Anbarasan (D) will face Santhosh (Sam) K. Velu (R), Alhaji (Noah) Fofanah (R), and Christina Ganzer-Zambri for the three Council At-Large seats available in November. 

Related article: Election 2019: Attention Candidates Running for Public Office

2. How can I find out more about who is running?

TAPinto Franklin/Somerset is working hard behind the scenes to provide all candidates with a FREE method of speaking to the people via candidate statements. 

Candidates can submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos). For the general election, statements can be submitted from Labor Day up through the week before Election Day. For the primary election, statements can be submitted from March 1 st through the week before Election Day.

Publication of candidate statements is at the sole discretion of the editor of that town’s site. No statements will be published from the Sunday before the election through the day of the election. Statements must be factually accurate and not defamatory

Simply visit our candidate statement section for information, TAP here for page. 

The League of Women Voters has also reached out to all candidates running for office, TAP here for more details. 

3. What are some key dates I should know?

May 14: Voter registration deadline for primary

May 21: Deadline for challenger appointments

May 28: Deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot by mail for primary

June 3: Deadline for In-person mail-in ballot application for primary  (up to 3:00 pm on the day before the election)

June 4: Primary election day

November 4: Election day

4. Where and how do I vote?

TAP here to find your polling location. TAP here for voter information. 

The Primary Election will be held on June 4, 2019. The last day to register to vote or transfer your registration for this election is May 14.

The Somerset County Board of Elections will be open for late night registration on May 14 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at 20 Grove Street, Somerville, N. J. Somerset County Board of Elections 908-231-7084.

Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter reminds voters that they can apply for a mail-in ballot for the June 4 primary election.

In addition to regular weekday hours of 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., his office will have extended hours to accommodate those who want to pick up a ballot in person: Wednesday, May 22, and Wednesday, May 29, until 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Applications for mail-in ballots are available online at or at the County Clerk’s Office, located in the lobby of the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St., Somerville.

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