MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Under a new state law, registered Piscataway voters will soon receive their Vote-By-Mail ballots for November’s general election, an option many are expected to take with the limited numbers of in-person polling locations that will open on Election Day. Now a state law, voters have the option of mailing back their forms or depositing them in a secure drop box at the Municipal Complex.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many of our residents’ normal routines, and the 2020 general election is no exception,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “As a result, Middlesex County has given voters several options to cast their votes safely and securely, including the purchase and installation of drop boxes in each of our municipalities, far surpassing the minimum of 10 boxes per county required by the state.”

Like for the June primaries, Piscataway voters will be able to drop off their Vote-by-Mail ballots at the Municipal Complex, 455 Hoes Lane or mail them in to Board of Elections office. A secure drop box will be located on the walkway between the municipal building and the police station.

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“While residents may not feel comfortable voting in-person at the polls during this epidemic, Middlesex County is working to ensure that this election is safe, secure, and accurate,” said Middlesex County Clerk Elaine Flynn. “For this year’s general election, the county is mailing voter confirmation “I Voted” postcards to reassure voters that their ballot has been received and will be tabulated by the Middlesex County Board of Elections.”

Drop box Locations in other towns are listed on the Middlesex County website where voters can also learn more about the voting process including how to register to vote.

County elections officials said:

REGISTERING TO VOTE

To participate in the election, residents must be registered to vote, and must do so before Tuesday, October 13, if not already registered. For the first time ever, residents can register to vote online or use traditional registration methods including completing and mailing a voter registration application or submitting the application in person at the County Clerk’s Office or Board of Elections, or while applying or renewing a driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

WHAT VOTERS WILL RECEIVE

Every active, registered voter, and new registrant in Middlesex County will receive a mail-in ballot which includes the following materials:

  • An overview letter
  • Instructions on how to vote by mail
  • An official Middlesex County mail-in ballot
  • A yellow certificate envelope
  • A green mail-in return envelope
  • A public questions text sheet
  • Tips, for how to vote by mail

Instructions for how to complete the Vote By Mail ballot are included on the ballot received in the mail or found in the How-To Video posted on www.middlesexcountynj.gov/vote2020 

COUNTY CLERK OFFERING ELECTION INFORMATION CENTERS

Recognizing the rapidly changing election environment and the non-traditional nature of this election, the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office will be establishing “Election Information Centers” in partnership with municipalities in Middlesex County.

At these local centers, voters will be able to access many of the same services they can receive by visiting the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office in New Brunswick.  These centers will be available to assist voters who wish to apply to vote by mail, who damaged or misplaced their ballot and require a ballot regeneration, or who are generally looking for information or assistance as to how they can participate in the November 3rd General Election. 

The County Clerk’s Office will be locating these centers in the immediate vicinity of a secured ballot drop box, so that if they wish, voters may drop off their ballot after receiving assistance at the Center.  More details regarding the locations and hours of operations for the “Election Information Centers” will be released by the County Clerk’s Office. 

HOW VOTERS CAN VOTE

Most voters have several ways to vote in this election, all via paper ballots, which include:

  • Voters may mail the ballots via the United States Postal Service at any time before November 3 (ballots must be postmarked on or before November 3). Postage is included at no cost to residents.
  • Voters may place the ballot in one of the secure drop boxes located throughout the County until Tuesday, November 3 at 8 pm. A list of the current drop box locations can be found on the County website at: http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/vote2020
  • Voters may drop the ballot off at the Middlesex County Board of Elections located at 11 Kennedy Blvd, East Brunswick until Tuesday, November 3 at 8 pm. If someone other than you (the voter) is delivering your ballot to the Board of Elections, make sure that they fill out and sign the Bearer Section on the left-front side of the green return envelope and review the guidelines on the back of the green envelope.
  • Voters may vote in person on November 3 via a provisional, paper ballot only. A limited number of machines will be available only for voters with a disability.
  • Accommodations will be made for voters with a disability at their polling location.  If you are a disabled voter and need access to an ADA accessible ballot marking device to vote on November 3, please call the Middlesex County Board of Elections at 732-745-3471.
  • Voters may submit a completed and sealed Vote By Mail ballot at their assigned polling location in-person on Election Day, November 3, 2020
    • Bearers will be prohibited from submitting another individuals ballot at polling locations
    • Polling locations can be found on the County website at: http://www.middlesexnj.gov/vote2020

If your Vote-By-Mail ballot is lost, damaged or you do not believe you received it, you may request a duplicate. Please fill out the replacement ballot form on the middlesexcountynj.gov/vote2020 website and submit it to the County Clerk’s Office.  The deadline to request a replacement ballot to be sent to you via the mail is October 23rd, though voters may request a replacement ballot in-person at the County Clerk’s Office through election day. 

For election information and general questions, visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov/vote2020.  If you have any questions regarding applications or the sending of mail-in ballots for the November 3, 2020 General Election, please call the Elections Division of the County Clerk’s Office at 732-745-4202. For all other questions, please call the Board of Elections at 732-745-3471.

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