SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Election Day 2020 is just around the corner and, due to COVID-19, almost all New Jersey residents will be required to cast their votes by mail. Throughout South Plainfield, most residents received their Vote-by-Mail ballots this past week and are encouraged to return them using the postage paid envelope or by placing them in a secure drop box located outside borough hall.
Last month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Executive Order #177 requiring the 2020 election to be conducted almost entirely by mail, citing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus for the legislation. As a result, a Vote-by-Mail ballot with a prepaid return envelope has or will be sent to every active registered voter. The ballot will enable residents to cast their vote for president, as well as state, county, municipal, and board of education candidates.
For 2020, all active, registered voters will receive a ballot without having to register or request one; residents who, by chance, do not receive a mail-in-ballot may apply for one by Oct. 27. These ballots will be used to vote; no sample ballots will be sent out this year.
Residents should fill out their Vote-by-Mail ballot and return it one of the following ways:
- Use the postage-paid ballot return envelope to mail the ballot to the board of elections. Only ballots postmarked on or before Nov. 3 will be counted and must be received by the board of elections by Nov. 10; ballots without a postmark will also be counted, but only if they are received by Nov. 5
- Drop off the ballot at one of 11 designated, secure drop boxes throughout Middlesex County; in South Plainfield, the drop box is located outside borough hall. Drop box locations are under 24/7 surveillance and ballots will picked up daily by a bipartisan team of employees of the Middlesex County Board of Elections. For additional boxes throughout the county, visit https://bit.ly/32FbWNT
- Deliver the ballot by hand to the Middlesex County Board of Elections office at 11 Kennedy Boulevard in East Brunswick
- Voters may also submit their ballot in-person at their municipality's polling location on Election Day. There will be at least one physical polling location in each of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities; in South Plainfield, the senior center was the only open polling site for the July 2020 Primary.
For additional information, visit http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/CS/Documents/Elections/2020%20General%20Election%20Timeline.pdf. To confirm you are a registered voter, visit https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check.
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