SOMERVILLE, NJ – Tuesday, May 14 is the last opportunity to register to vote for the June 4, 2019 Primary Election.
The Somerset County Board of Elections will be open on May 14th for late night registration on from 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. at 20 Grove St., Somerville.
Other important deadlines and dates leading up to the Primary:
May 28th is the last day to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Primary Election;
May 29th Mailing of Sample Ballots for Primary Election;
May 31st Deadline for Application to Receive Primary Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters;
June 3rd by 3:00 p.m. Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Primary Election;
June 4th Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the Primary Election and in Person Submission of Primary Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (by 8 p.m. on the day of election).
Voting will take place from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on Primary Day.
Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter reminds voters that they can apply for a mail-in ballot for the June 4 primary election.
In addition to regular weekday hours of 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., the office will have extended hours to accommodate those who want to pick up a ballot in person: Wednesday, May 22, and Wednesday, May 29, until 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Applications for mail-in ballots are available online at http://bit.ly/SCMailBallot or at the County Clerk’s Office, located in the lobby of the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St., Somerville.
Voters who would like a ballot mailed to them must apply by Tuesday, May 28. Voters, or their authorized messenger, may visit the County Clerk’s Office during office hours up until 3 p.m. on Monday, June 3, to fill out an application and receive a mail-in ballot on the spot. State law limits messengers to three voters per election.
Voted mail-in ballots can be mailed to the Somerset County Election Board, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville NJ 08876. Ballots also can be dropped off at the Board of Elections, located next to the County Clerk’s Office in the county Administration Building.
Mail-in ballots can be returned in person until the polls close at 8 p.m. on election night. Ballots that are postmarked by Election Day and received by the Election Board within 48 hours after the polls close also will be accepted.
For more information, contact Peter at (908) 231-7013 or online at CountyClerk@co.somerset.nj.us.
The primary battle for the Democrats’ nominee for Somerset County Sheriff features Darren Russo, a retired Franklin Township police lieutenant who ran unsuccessfully against retiring Sheriff Frank Provenzano three years ago, losing narrowly by 600 votes. He will be opposed by Somerville resident Art Atkins, a former police officer in Bridgewater.
Provenzano has endorsed North Plainfield Police Chief Bill Parenti as his replacement; Parenti has the backing of the Somerset County GOP. Opposing Parenti is Tim Pino, a former captain in the Somerset County Sheriff’s office K9 unit.
Pat Walsh, deputy director of the Somerset County Freeholders is being challenged by Robert Quinn of Franklin, who ran for Assembly in the 17th District in 2017. The 17th District includes Franklin Township and several Middlesex County towns.
The winner of the GOP Primary will be running against Democrat Melonie Marano, a former Green Brook mayor, who along with Russo, have been endorsed by the Somerset County Democratic Committee.
Walsh and Marano faced off in the 2007 Freeholder race, won by Walsh.
Running unopposed for reelection in the 16th Assembly District are Democrat incumbents Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman, a Hillsborough resident.
The GOP candidates for 16th District Assembly are running unopposed in the Primary - former Montgomery mayor and Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire, who ran unsuccessfully against Freiman for Assembly two years ago, and former Montgomery mayor Christine Madrid.