UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County voters should not use any Vote-by-Mail ballot marked “Primary Election” to cast their vote in the 2020 General Election. The only Vote-by-Mail ballot to be used in the General Election is clearly marked “General Election” at the top.

“Please take a look at the top of your Vote-by-Mail ballot, and make sure it says ‘General Election,’ said Union County Clerk JoanneRajoppi. “My office has been made aware that some voters are using ballots from the July 7 Primary Election, which was held last summer. The Primary ballots cannot be used for the General Election. If you have one, rip it up and discard it in your recycling bin.”

Voters who mistakenly used a Primary Election ballot can still vote in the General Election. They can use their General Election Vote-by-Mail ballot, and their Primary ballot will be discarded.

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Voters can call the County Clerk’s Elections Division at 908-527-4996, or email ucvote@ucnj.org for assistance with any questions regarding their Vote-by-Mail Ballot.

Voters who have not yet received their General Election Vote-by-Mail ballot can estimate the approximate time of arrival by checking the schedule of mailings on the home page of the County Clerk’s elections website, unioncountyvotes.com, and allowing up to eight days for delivery.

For a step-by-step video on how to use a Vote-by-Mail ballot, visit the County Clerk’s elections website, unioncountyvotes.com/how-to-vote.

Several early voting methods are available now, and are in effect until the polls close at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.

The ballot must be enclosed in its certificate envelope, which then must be placed in its mailing envelope.

Both the certificate and the mailing envelopes are required, regardless of which early voting method the voter chooses.

The options are:

  • Send it to the Union County Board of Elections by U.S. Postal Service (postage is prepaid).
  • Deposit it in any Union County Board of Elections secure ballot drop-off box, conveniently located in all 21 municipalities. Any Union County voter can use any drop-off box in Union County, regardless of their residence. The boxes are available on a 24/7 basis until 8:00 p.m. on November 3.
  • Hand deliver it to the Union County Board of Elections or County Clerk’s offices. These offices will be open for ballot delivery until 8:00 p.m. on November 3. Please note that hand delivery requires voters to present New Jersey identification and sign a register.
  • Designate a ballot bearer to deposit it in a drop-off box, or hand deliver it to the Board of Elections or County Clerk’s offices (instructions are printed on the ballot).

In addition, on Election Day voters can bring their Vote-by-Mail ballot to their designated polling place. Again, the ballot must be enclosed in both the certificate and the mailing envelopes.

Voters who come to their polling place without a Vote-by-Mail ballot will be provided with a provisional paper ballot to use. ADA-accessible voting machines are available only for voters with disabilities.

To track the status of their Vote-by-Mail ballot, voters can use the New Jersey Division of Elections Ballot Tracker tool. More details are available at unioncountyvotes.com/track-my-ballot.