There are a lot of questions about the July 7 Primary election. Here is some important information about making sure your voice is heard:
Voters who did not receive a mail ballot or have misplaced their ballot can still vote in person for Column A for Piscataway on July 7! Anyone who wishes to vote in person or had any difficult with their mail in ballot can vote in person in the July 7 Primary using a paper, provisional ballot at either Piscataway High School (100 Behmer Road) or at the Senior Center (700 Buena Vista Avenue). Both polling places are open from 6 AM until 8 PM, and social distancing practices will be in effect in both locations for everyone's health and safety. Please bring a mask to wear inside either building.
Unaffiliated voters (often called "independents") are eligible to vote. When requesting a ballot, voters just need to tell the poll worker that they wish to vote in the Democratic primary. The act of voting in the primary moves voters to declared party status. Voters can move back to being unaffiliated if they wish prior to the next Primary.
Anyone who does not want to vote in person can still obtain a mail ballot in person at the County Clerk's office at 75 Bayard Street in New Brunswick on Monday, July 6 until 7 PM or Tuesday July 7, until 8 PM (but we recommend leaving extra time). Completed ballots can be deposited at the lock box outside the Clerk's office.
Mail ballots must be postmarked by July 7 or placed in a lock box; there is one at the municipal complex. Governor Murphy's executive order outlining the rules for this election extended the time frame for ballots to be received by the Board of Elections. Ballots received by the Board through July 14 will be counted.
New Voter Protections: If your ballot is temporarily rejected for missing signature or mismatch signature you will be notified through the mail. The notification will include a form that you must complete to fix the signature issue and return it in person, by fax, email, or mail by 2 pm on July 23. If the form is mailed it must be received - not postmarked - by the Board of Elections by the close of business on July 23. More information about the specifics of this process and other FAQs about the election are available here.
It is your vote, use it: Voters can also "split tickets" by voting for the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden in Column B, or for Bernie Sanders' delegates in Column C, and choosing the candidates in Column A for other offices.
Please vote for the Column A Democrats Bill Irwin for Mayor, along with Ralph Johnson, Laura Leibowitz and Kamuela "Nikki" Tillman for Council to bring open, inclusive and responsive government to our community, along with the rest of the Column A team. If you have any questions about voting or experience any difficulty casting your ballot, please call us at 732-893-7316. You can learn more about the Dems on Your Side at www.pway2020.com. Thank you Piscataway!