MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The Middlesex County Board of Elections is cautioning voters against misinformation currently circulating regarding voter registration, eligibility and mail-in ballots.
A hoax is now being distributed through e-mail and on Facebook stating that voters who have not voted since 2008, need to reregister or they will not be able to vote this November.
“This is incorrect,” said James Vokral, administrator of the Middlesex County Board of Elections. “Once someone registers, they remain in the system unless they move without notifying the Board of Elections. Even if election mail (such as a Sample Ballot) is returned as having been undeliverable, a confirmation card is issued to the voter and they are then given the opportunity to confirm that they still live at that address or to provide the Board of Elections with their new address.”
He added: “Then, even if that confirmation card is returned as undeliverable, your voter record will not be removed until two Federal elections have passed, which could be between two to three years. The inactive indication will also be removed if the voter votes at any election.”
To avoid this, the Board of Elections recommends voters check their records at the State Division of Elections Web site: http://www.njelections.org/voting-information.html. Follow the link “Am I Registered.” The voter may also contact the Board of Elections at 1-732-745-3471 or by email at email@example.com
Also, the Board of Elections is required by law to count every ballot that is cast whether it is from a voting machine or a paper ballot vote such as a mail-in (absentee), provisional or emergency ballot. Every vote cast is counted.
Vokral said there is also a misconception that paper ballots are not counted unless there is a “close” race. “This also in not correct,” he said.
Another misconception is that voters need a registration card to vote. The State of New Jersey does not issue a voter registration card.
The only card sent out by the Elections Board is an acknowledgement card any time a voter’s record is first created or changed in any way, either by the board or by the voter. The card also allows the voter to make an address change or for a relative to notify us of a death, by entering that information on the card and sending it back to us.
The Board of Elections can then modify the voter’s record. If you are notified but have not made any changes to your voter record, you need to contact the board immediately.
“It is important that everyone who wants to vote can do so with ease and confidence,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, chair of the county’s Administration Committee. “The County Board of Elections is there to help residents with all of their questions and concerns.”
“Maintaining accurate voting records and educating the public about different policies and possible misinformation helps the election process run smoothly,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “I commend the Board of Elections for taking an active role in making sure all of our residents are ready to cast their vote this November.”
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