Partial results available online after polls close on November 3; the final, official count will be certified and reported on November 20
Voters and other persons who are interested in following the reporting process for the results of the 2020 General Election in Union County can download the County Clerk’s free Union County Votes elections app or visit the County Clerk’s elections website, unioncountyvotes.com, to view results from voting machines and partial results from Vote-by-Mail ballots after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. on November 3.
The counting of Vote-by-Mail ballots will continue after November 3 due to the Executive Order of Governor Phil Murphy, which requires the 2020 General Election to be conducted primarily through Vote-by-Mail ballots. Accordingly, the County Clerk will post running updates of the Vote-by-Mail tally on a daily basis beginning on November 4. The final, official results of the 2020 General Election, including provisional ballots, will be posted after certification on November 20.
“As a reminder, each year my office reports the complete count from voting machines in the evening after the polls close on Election Day. However, we do not certify the final tally until the Vote-by-Mail and provisional ballots are counted,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi. “Vote-by-Mail and provisional ballots are always included in the official results for every election cycle. Every vote counts, regardless of how you cast your ballot.”
The County Clerk’s office will update the Vote-by-Mail tally each day at noon beginning on November 4 as additional Vote-by-Mail ballots are processed. Ballots delivered by U.S. Postal Service and postmarked on or before November 3 will be counted if they arrive at the Board of Elections within seven days of Election Day. Ballots delivered by U.S. Postal Service without a postmark will be counted if they arrive within two days of Election Day.
Voters can cast their Vote-by-Mail ballot before or on Election Day by sending it through the mail (postage is prepaid), by bringing it to any of 24 official ballot drop-off boxes located in Union County, or by hand-delivering it to the offices of the Union County Clerk or Union County Board of Elections. Details on all three methods are available at unioncountyvotes.com.
Voters can also hand-deliver their Vote-by-Mail ballot to their designated polling place on Election Day. Voters who arrive without their Vote-by-Mail ballot will be provided with a provisional paper ballot to use. ADA accessible voting machines will be available at each polling place for voters with disabilities that prevent them from filling out a provisional ballot.
For more information about all County Clerk programs and services, visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk or call 908-527-4787.
For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance on the free Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update. For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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