Some things will change while others will stay the same for the Primary Election June 8

Some voters expressed a desire to be able to vote in a voting machine last year when COVID-19 and the State of New Jersey required an exclusively vote-by-mail election. This year, voting will return to normal. For the upcoming Primary Election on June 8, New Jersey will be returning to a traditional election where voters can choose to vote at the polls or by mail. This means that voters will not receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail unless they apply for one, or if they have requested to always receive a vote by mail ballot “for all future elections.”

Voters who remain concerned about contracting Covid-19, or who cannot otherwise get to the polls, are encouraged to apply to vote by mail for the upcoming June 8 Primary election. In New Jersey, any registered voter can vote by mail for any reason. Voters do not have to be sick, working, or out of town to request a ballot, so this remains a viable option for those who prefer to vote from home.

On the ballot this June are races for offices ranging from Governor of NJ, to the entire State legislature, to Mercer County and local municipal races as well as for partisan State Committee seats.

The voter registration deadline for this election is May 18.  A registered voter may apply for a ballot by completing and mailing an easy Vote-By-Mail application by June 1. The deadline for walk-ins is June 7 at 3pm.  

The County Clerk’s office also will offer extended hours to walk in and vote by mail in person. Those hours are Saturday, June 5 from 9am to 1pm.

Also new this year, the Mercer County Clerk’s Office is offering vote by mail instructions in many languages including: English, Spanish, Hindi, Gujarati, Chinese, Polish, Urdu, and Haitian Creole! Just call the Office at 609-989-6494 or email us with your address, MercerVotes@MercerCounty.org, and it will be sent to you.

To request a Vote-by-Mail application, voters can call 609-989-6494 or the email above. Vote-by-Mail applications also are available on the web at www.mercercounty.org/countyclerk in both English and Spanish. The State Division of Elections website also offers vote-by-mail ballots in Indian, Korean and Chinese languages. That website is http://www.njelections.org/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html. The ballots will be mailed out to you once they are printed. 

Submitted by the Mercer County Clerk’s office

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