UNION COUNTY, NJ — New election ballots, redesigned to provide voters with more clarity and ease while selecting candidates for whom they wish to vote, will make their debut in the 2015 General Election.

The new Vote-by-Mail ballot, for example, will closely resemble both the sample ballot mailed to every voter and the official machine ballot used in voting machines. One major change is that the Vote-by-Mail ballot will be printed in the same horizontal or “landscape” orientation as the sample and official ballots. Previously, the Vote-by-Mail ballot was printed in a vertical orientation.

Voters will also notice that the ballots are designed to enable them to more clearly distinguish between the sections for general election candidates and school board candidates. For example, a new blue heading has been added for the School Board Election, providing a clear contrast with the red heading used for the General Election.

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The last day to apply by mail for a Vote-by-Mail ballot is Oct. 27. Voters may also request Vote-by-Mail ballots in person at the Union County Clerk’s Office until Monday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, with polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for voters wishing to vote on the machines.