UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi has announced that Vote-by-Mail ballots will be available in the County Clerk’s Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield starting on Monday, October 1st to registered voters who wish to cast their vote by mail ballot for the 2018 General Election.
Election Day 2018 is Tuesday, November 6. The deadline to apply for a Vote-By-Mail ballot through the mail is Monday, October 29, and the application must be received by the County Clerk’s Office before or on this date.
The deadline to apply in person is Monday, November 5, by 3 p.m.
“I encourage voters to use Vote-by-Mail to ensure that their ballots are cast,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “It is especially important to exercise the right to vote this November, as voters will decide on U.S. Senate and House of Representative races, as well as county, municipal and school board elections.”
The vote-by-mail process begins when the voter applies for a ballot. There are several ways to obtain an application form:
- Download an application form through the County Clerk’s new elections website at unioncountyvotes.com.
- Request a form by mail or email by using the free Union County Votes mobile app, calling the County Clerk’s elections division at 908-527-4996, or emailing the County Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pick up a form at a local municipal building, or at the County Clerk’s offices in Elizabeth and Westfield.
Ms. Rajoppi also reminds residents to allow ample time to apply for a Vote-by-Mail ballot, receive it, and cast it.
“Under a new state law, Vote-by-Mail applicants can now choose to automatically receive their ballots for every election, so please be sure to read the form carefully and check the option that works best for you,” said Ms. Rajoppi.
Voters can mail their ballot back or cast it in person at the County Clerk’s offices in Elizabeth and Westfield. The deadline for in-person ballots is 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5. The law requires that voters choosing this option present a valid New Jersey driver’s license or a New Jersey-issued identification card.
For those voters who mail their ballot, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received within 48 hours of Election Day to be counted.
Ms. Rajoppi emphasized that every valid Vote-by-Mail ballot is counted and entered into the official, certified results for each election.
The Main Office of the County Clerk is located in Room 113 at the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street, in Elizabeth. Regular office hours in Elizabeth are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The County Clerk’s Westfield Annex is located in the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
For more details about all County Clerk programs and services including passports and deed recording, visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk or call 908-527-4787
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