Vote-By-Mail deadlines are approaching

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds Union County voters that deadlines for the convenient Vote-By-Mail service are coming up in advance of the November 3 general and school board elections.

The last day to apply by mail for a Vote-By-Mail ballot is Tuesday, October 27. After that, voters wishing to use Vote-By-Mail must apply in person at the County Clerk’s main office in Elizabeth, or the annex in Westfield.

The last day to apply in person is Monday, November 2, before 3:00 p.m.

“Any registered voter in Union County can apply for and use a Vote-By-Mail ballot,” said Rajoppi. “I encourage you to use this increasingly popular service to ensure that your vote is counted and your voice is heard.”

To help make the Vote-By-Mail process as simple as possible, Rajoppi has introduced “One-Stop” service in the Westfield annex and Elizabeth main offices for those wishing to apply in person. Eligible voters can come to either office, apply for a Vote-By-Mail ballot, and cast it on the spot.

A new state law enacted in time for the General Election requires voters wishing to leave their voted ballot in the clerk’s lock box to show identification that includes their name, address and signature.

Bearers must return voted ballots directly to the Board of Elections. All Vote-By-Mail ballots must be received by the Board of Elections by the close of the polls, 8:00 p.m, on Election Day to be counted.

Vote-By-Mail applications can also be picked up at any municipal clerk’s office, downloaded from the County Clerk’s website or requested through the new Union County Votes mobile app. To have an application mailed to you, call the County Clerk at 908-527-4996.

To assist voters, a video demonstrating how to fill out a Vote-By-Mail ballot is available on YouTube, titled “Union County Vote-By-Mail.”  It can also be accessed through the County Clerk’s website or the Union County Votes Ap.

The County Clerk’s annex is located in the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. It features extended hours and Saturday hours: 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 is located at the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth. Regular office hours are Mondaythrough Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As an additional service to voters, the main office in Elizabeth will be open on Saturday, October 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to assist voters wishing to Vote-By-Mail.

For more information on election services offered by the County Clerk, visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk or call 908-527-4996.


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