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Vote-By-Mail Ballots Available May 1

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Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi is pleased to announce that Vote-By-Mail ballots will be available beginning on Monday, May 1 for the 2017 Primary Election.

This year’s Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 6.

“New Jersey will select its first new governor in eight years this November, and the June 6 Primary Election is a critical step in that process,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “Vote-By-Mail helps to ensure that every Union County voter can participate in this important decision.”

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To receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot, voters must fill out an application form. They are not required to provide a reason for using the ballot.

“There are three ways to obtain an application form, and you can choose the option that is most convenient for you,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “If you choose to apply by mail, please be aware that the application must be received by my office by Tuesday, May 30. That will provide enough time for you to receive your ballot, vote it and return it to the Board of Elections by the deadline.”

The options to receive an application for a Vote-By-Mail ballot in Union County are:

·         Have an application form mailed to you. Call the County Clerk’s Election Division at 908-527-4996 in order to have a form mailed to you, or request one through the County Clerk’s free Union County Votes mobile app.

·         Download a form and print it out. Applications for Vote-By-Mail ballots are available for download from the County Clerk’s website at ucnj.org/Vote-By-Mail, and from the Union County Votes app. The application must be received in the office by May 30 to be valid for the Primary Election.

·         Pick up a form in person at the County Clerk’s Elizabeth or Westfield offices. Voters picking up their application form in person may do so until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5.

In-person applicants can use the County Clerk’s convenient One-Stop service to fill out their application, submit it, receive their ballot and cast it in a secure box in one visit. The One-Stop service is available at both the Elizabeth and Westfield offices.

Voters choosing the One-Stop option must present a current driver’s license or state-issued identification card with their full address and signature, as required by a new state law which took effect in 2015.

“As a reminder, all Vote-By-Mail ballots are counted in every election,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “It doesn’t matter if the Election Day margins are wide or close, every vote is added to the numbers for each candidate.”

Voters who choose to cast their Vote-By-Mail ballot by mail are advised to allow at least 3-5 days for delivery, to ensure that it is received by the close of the polls on Election Day.

The County Clerk’s Westfield Annex is located in the Colleen Fraser Building at 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.

The Main Office of the County Clerk is located at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth at 2 Broad Street, Room 113. Regular office hours in Elizabeth are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As an added convenience for voters, the Elizabeth office has added an extra day of service before Primary Day. It will be open on Saturday, June 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Westfield office will also be open for its regular Saturday hours on June 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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