PLAINFIELD, NJ – Anyone who wants to vote in the New Jersey Republican or Democratic primary on June 3 must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday, May 13. Voter registration forms are online and can also be obtained and turned in at municipal clerk offices, at Motor Vehicle Commission offices and at the Somerset County Board of Elections office in Somerville. Registrations are also valid if they are postmarked by midnight on Tuesday.
The Union County Board of Elections will extend its hours until 9 p.m. on Tuesday for voters who need the extra time.
New Jersey has closed primaries, meaning that only people who have registered with the Democratic or Republican parties can vote in a primary. Registered voters who are unaffiliated can select a party on primary day at the polls and then vote in that party’s primary, but voters who are registered with any party at this point are fixed.
In Plainfield there are a number of contested primaries.
Senator Cory Booker is running unopposed in the Democratic Primary for US Senate, while the Republicans have four candidates on the ballot: Jeff Bell; Brian Goldberg; Rich Pezzullo; and Murray Sabrin.
For the 12th District of the House of Representatives to succeed Congressman Rush Hold, the Republicans are running only Dr. Alieta Eck, while the Democrats have four candidates: Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula; Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman; Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein; and Andrew Zwicker.
For Union County Surrogate the Democrats have two candidates in James S. LaCorte of Union and Jerome Dunn of Hillside.
For three seats on the Union County Freeholder the Democrats have six candidates, including” current Freeholders Chris Hudak of Linden, Angel Estrada of Elizabeth, and Vernell Wright of Rahway; Jorge Batista of Hillside, Marvelis Perrerira of Elizabeth and Tamara Twitty of Elizabeth. The Republicans have only one candidate on the ballot, P. Mark Martini of Westfield.
In Plainfield there are three Council election. For the First Ward Diane Toliver, Siddeeq W. El-Amin and Emmet L. Swan are standing for the Democrats with no one running as a Republican. For the at large Council seat for the Second and Third Ward Coulcilwoman Rebecca L. Williams is being challenged by Charles Eke in the Democratic primary while Randy Bullock is running unopposed as a Republican. Three Democrats are standing for the Third Ward seat incldudung Gloria Taylor, Charles L. McRae and Rasheed Abdul-Haqq. Charles A. Jones, Jr. is running unopposed in the Republican primary for the Third Ward Seat.