MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- As voters are completing their Primary Election vote-by-mail ballots, secured drop boxes have been located throughout Mercer County and in every county throughout the State. The drop boxes have been provided by the State Division of Elections to securely gather Vote-by-Mail (VBM) ballots.
Mercer County Board of Elections Chairman Anthony Francioso told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville on Wednesday that five VBM drop boxes have been placed throughout the County "in locations that can capture the maximum capacity. "
"These boxes are under 24-7 camera surveillance with a double-key security feature to secure the ballots," said Francioso. "Ballots are picked up daily under the supervision of law enforcement and not unlocked until they arrive at the County Clerk's office. When the inner metal box is removed from the drop box, the top is locked and cannot be reopened without a second key."
Ballots have been mailed to voters who party affiliated as democrats or republicans. Unaffiliated voters can apply by mail for Primary Election Vote By Mail (VBM) to declare a party until June 30. The deadline to mail/postmark or drop off a VBM ballot on Primary Election Day on July 7.
"Here in Mercer County, we have a lot of support to get as many vote by mail ballots in as possible in a timely manner," said Francioso. "We are trying to limit exposure to coronavirus as a polling place. We don't want to see anyone get ill."
Vote-by-Mail drop boxes will have their last ballots picked up at 8pm on the election day. The boxes will then be locked and secured to ensure that no ballots are dropped off after polling closes.
Secured vote-by-mail drop boxes can be found at the Mercer County locations below.
- Hamilton Call Center located at 5 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way in front of the call center entrance
- East Windsor Municipal Court Building located at 80 One Mile Rd. by the entrance to the courthouse
- Hopewell Twp. Municipal Building located at 201 Washington-Crossing Penn. Rd
- Princeton Municipal Building located at 400 Witherspoon St. outside of municipal building
- Trenton Courthouse Annex located at 209 S. Broad Street in front of the court house
Voters may walk in to County Clerk’s Office any business day until July 7 at 7:30pm to drop off a VBM application and pick up a ballot.
The Clerk's Office will be open only 9am to 1pm on Friday, July 3 and CLOSED on July 4.
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