Students should request Vote-by-Mail ballot before heading for school

College and university students should apply now, before leaving for school, for a Vote-by-Mail ballot.

“Mail sent to out of state locations, especially colleges and universities, can sometimes be delayed,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi. “The best way to ensure that you receive your Vote-by-Mail ballot on time is to apply for your ballot now, before you leave for school.”

Any person registered to vote in New Jersey can use a Vote-by-Mail ballot, for any reason.

“Vote-by-Mail application forms are available online now at the Elections website,,” said Rajoppi. “Voters can also call my office at 908-527-4996 to request an application by mail, and they can pick one up in person from my Main or Annex offices.”

The County Clerk’s Main Office is located in the Union County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth. The Annex Office is located at the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

Voters who apply for a Vote-by-Mail ballot now will receive their ballot in late September, after their application is approved and the ballots are printed.

The County Clerk provides postage free of charge for voters who are mailing their Vote-by-Mail ballots from out of state.

Election Day 2017 is Tuesday, November 7.

“Exercising the right to vote is always important, and in this election cycle New Jersey voters will decide on a new Governor for the first time in eight years,” said Rajoppi. “Make sure your vote is counted by applying for a Vote-by-Mail ballot now.”

For more details about Vote-by-Mail visit or call the County Clerk Elections Division, 908-527-4996.

Information on all other County Clerk services including land records and passports is available online at


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