MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The Middlesex County Board of Elections is encouraging residents who have recently moved, changed their name or are new residents in Middlesex County to check their personal voter information by visiting the State Division of Elections web site.
“It is important that everyone who wants to vote can vote with ease,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, chair of the county’s Law and Public Safety Committee. “By updating your information now, you will receive voter information at the right address, can avoid the potential of having to vote by provisional ballot, and may avoid challenges to your vote.”
“Many times, voters move and do not notify us. As a result, their name may not be in the poll book at their new polling place, causing them to have to vote by a provisional (paper) ballot,” said James Vokral, administrator of the Middlesex County Board of Elections. “If they normally vote by a mail-in ballot and haven’t updated their voter record, that ballot could be sent to their old address and returned to the County Clerk as undeliverable. Also, if you have changed your name and haven’t updated your record, you may have difficulty voting or your vote may be challenged.”
To check or update your information go to http://www.njelections.org/.
Once on the Elections Web site, click “Voter Information” in the list on the left side of the page, then select “Am I Registered” and follow the prompts to verify your information. If you cannot find your record or it is incorrect, you will need to complete a new registration form and send it in to have your record updated.
To vote in this November’s election, the deadline to update records or to register for the first time is Tuesday, Oct. 18. Registration forms are available online at http://nj.gov/state/elections/voter-registration-application.html, from the Middlesex County Board of Elections (777 Jersey Ave, New Brunswick 08901), or your local Municipal Clerk’s office. All forms are postage paid and after completing the form and signing it, you can fold it in three (with the address on the outside) and drop it in the mail.
The Board of Elections’ normal operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The Board will be open until 9 p.m. Oct. 18 to accommodate registrants.
You can also help the Board of Elections maintain its records by returning any Sample Ballots or any other official election-related mail received at your home for people who no longer live there such as former residents, former owners, children who moved or someone who is deceased. Make a note on the outside of the envelope, sign it and mark it “Return to Sender,” then give it to the postal carrier or drop it in the mail (Return postage is already paid). Appropriate changes will be made upon receipt.
“Maintaining accurate voting records helps the election process run smoothly,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano.
For more information, contact the Board of Elections at 1-732-745-3471, e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their office at 777 Jersey Ave, New Brunswick.
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