TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Clerk Paula Covello announced on Wednesday that Vote-By-Mail (VBM) ballots for this year's Primary Election are being mailed this week to all registered Democrats and Republicans. Unaffiliated voters who wish to vote in the Primary Election will be mailed applications by June 12, and must declare a party in order to be mailed a ballot.
When voters receive the VBM ballot, read the instructions, and then fill it out right away using blue or black ink and submit it in one of the following ways:
- Mail it; or Hand-deliver it to the Board of Elections in Trenton at 640 South Broad Street
- Drop It in one of the County’s Ballot Drop-Boxes (to be installed by the Mercer Board of Elections) that will be located at:
- the Princeton Municipal Bldg., Princeton, NJ;
- Hamilton Call Center – 5 Justice Samuel A Alito Jr Way, Hamilton, NJ (next to the Hamilton Library);
- Hopewell Township Administration Bldg., Hopewell, NJ
- Trenton- Courthouse Annex, 209 S. Broad Street (in front), Trenton, NJ
- East Windsor Police Station (in front), East Windsor
There will be no sample ballots sent this year. Instead of sample ballots, voters will receive a postcard in the mail from the County Clerk with the location of their designated polling location should they choose to go to the polls and vote via provisional ballot.
There will be 55 polling locations across Mercer County (locations have yet to be finalized by the Board of Elections). Once approved, the polling locations across the county will be advertised in print ads and on the Mercer County website on the election pages and all Municipal Clerks will have the list.
Voters who go to a polling location on July 7 will vote provisionally (with a paper ballot) since they were already mailed a VBM ballot. There will be voting machines available for people with disabilities.
The County Clerk reminded residents to watch the video explaining covering VBM applications and ballots.
1. Don't detach anything
2. Use blue or black ink to fill in ovals completely (no check marks or X’s)
3. Place the ballot in the smaller, certification envelope and sign the certification envelope
4. Place the completed ballot in the outer envelope so that your name shows through the window
5. Drop it at the municipal building in the ballot drop box, mail it, or deliver it to the BOE in Trenton
6. Practice putting your completed ballot together before you seal the envelopes.
The deadlines are as follows:
- Final day to register to vote in time for the Primary Election: June 16
- Deadline to APPLY by Mail for Primary Election Vote By Mail ballot/unaffiliated voters to declare a party- June 30
- Deadline for a walk-in to obtain a vote-by-mail ballot: July 7
- Primary Election Day: July 7, polls close at 8pm
- However, voters may walk in to County Clerk’s Office any business day beginning on June 22 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)
- Deadline to mail/postmark or drop off a VBM ballot- July 7 at 8pm
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