UNION COUNTY--Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that Vote-by-Mail ballots will be available in the County Clerk’s Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield starting on Monday, October 2nd to registered voters who wish to cast their vote by mail ballot for the 2017 General Election.
Election Day 2017 is Tuesday, November 7th. The deadline to apply for a Vote-By-Mail ballot through the mail is Tuesday, October 31st. The application must be received by the County Clerk’s Office before or on this date by mail.
The deadline to apply in person is Monday, November 6th by 3:00 p.m.
“Any voter can use a Vote-by-Mail ballot, for any reason. I encourage voters to use them to ensure that their ballots are cast, especially if they cannot get to their polling place on Election Day,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “New Jersey voters are picking a new Governor, State Legislators, County and local officials in addition to the School Board election, so it’s all the more important to exercise the right to vote.”
The vote-by-mail process begins when the voter applies for a ballot. The application forms can be downloaded from the County Clerk’s new elections website at unioncountyvotes.com.
Additionally, voters can request that an application be mailed or emailed to them, by using the free, newly re-designed 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.
Voters can also pick up applications in person at their local municipal building, or at the County Clerk’s offices in Elizabeth and Westfied.
Voters applying for a Vote-by-Mail ballot are advised to allow ample time to fill out their application and return it to the County Clerk’s office, so they can obtain their ballot and mail it back before Election Day.
Voters can also opt to cast their ballot in person at the County Clerk’s office. The deadline for in-person ballots is 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6. A 2015 law requires that voters choosing this option present a valid New Jersey driver’s license or a New Jersey-issued identification card.
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 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 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