Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds residents that Vote-by-Mail ballots are being mailed to registered voters on a town-by-town basis. The mailings began on September 15 and will be completed on or before October 5.

“My office is sending the ballots out in waves over a three-week period, to help ensure that the U.S. Postal Service can handle the increased volume in an orderly manner and deliver it on time,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “Although the General Election is weeks away, I strongly encourage voters to fill out and return their Vote-by-Mail ballot as soon as they receive it, to account for any unforeseen delays.”

Voters can view the updated schedule of mailings on the County Clerk’s elections website, at UnionCountyVotes.com. The schedule is also available on the County Clerk’s free mobile app, UC Votes.

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Vote-by-Mail ballots were sent to registered voters in Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Fanwood, Garwood, and Hillside on September 15.

Ballots were also sent to voters in Elizabeth on September 17, and are being sent to Mountainside and New Providence on September 18 and 19.

Mailing dates will be announced in the coming days for voters in Kenilworth, Linden, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Union, Westfield and Winfield.

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Voters can choose several ways to return their Vote-by-Mail ballot as early as possible before Election Day: by Postal Service (postage is pre-paid), secure drop-off box, or hand delivery to the County Clerk’s offices or Board of Elections office.

The drop-off boxes are available on a 24/7 basis until 8:00 p.m. on November 3, when the polls close.

The County Clerk and Board of Elections offices will be open for voters to hand deliver their vote by mail ballots until 8:00 p.m. on November 3. Voters who hand deliver their ballots to these offices must sign a registry and present a valid New Jersey driver’s license or other New Jersey identification.

In addition, voters can hand deliver their Vote-by-Mail Ballot to their designated polling place when the polls open on November 3. Voters who come to their polling place without a Vote-by-Mail ballot will be provided with a provisional paper ballot to use. ADA-accessible voting machines are available only for voters with disabilities who certify they cannot use a paper ballot.

For more details, including the location of offices, drop-off boxes, and polling places, visit unioncountyvotes.com.

For more information about the County Clerk’s election services visit unioncountyvotes.com or contact the Elections Division at 908-527-4996 or ucvote@ucnj.org.

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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