MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- With the June 8 Primary Election right around the corner, Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello broke down how voters will be casting their ballots, particularly as the pandemic continues. 

This year, voting will return to normal for the June 8 Primary Election with voters having the choice to cast their ballots at the polls or by mail.

Voters will not receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail unless they apply for one, or if they have requested to always receive a vote by mail ballot “for all future elections.” Those who remain concerned about contracting COVID-19, or who cannot otherwise get to the polls, are encouraged to apply to vote by mail.

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In New Jersey, any registered voter can vote by mail for any reason. Voters do not have to be sick, working, or out of town to request a ballot making voting-by-mail a viable option for any registered voter.

In Mercer County this year's ballot will include candidates for governor, members of the State Senate and General Assembly, Mercer County Surrogate and Commissioners, and partisan State Committee seats. In Hamilton, local voters will have the opportunity to select up to three candidates seeking their Party's nomination for seats on the Township Council. As a non-partisan town, Robbinsville will not select their mayor or council members until the November General Election.

Eligible voters can register to vote in the primary election until May 18.  A registered voter may apply for a ballot by completing and mailing an easy Vote-By-Mail application by June. The deadline for walk-in voters is June 7 at 3:00 pm..  

The Mercer County Clerk's office, located at 209 South Broad Street in Trenton, will hold extended hours on Saturday, June 5 between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm for voters to walk in and pick up a ballot to vote by mail. 

This year, the Mercer County Clerk’s Office is offering vote by mail instructions in many languages including: English, Spanish, Hindi, Gujarati, Chinese, Polish, Urdu, and Haitian Creole on the website, by calling (609) 989-6494, or emailing MercerVotes@MercerCounty.org,

To request a Vote-by-Mail application, voters can call (609) 989-6494 or the email above. Vote-by-Mail applications also are available on the web at the Mercer County Clerk's elections page.  The State Division of Elections website also offers vote-by-mail ballots in five languages.

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