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Hunterdon County elections officials: Avoid vote delays on election day – vote by mail

Misplaced Vote By Mail Ballots Can Be Replaced Call County Clerk’s Office 908-788-1214

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Hunterdon County Freeholder John E. Lanza joined County Clerk Mary Melfi and Election Board Administrator Beth Thompson in encouraging County voters to use their vote by mail ballots, in order to avoid voting delays on election day.

Freeholder Lanza, the Board’s liaison for the County Clerk’s Office and the Board of Elections, said, “As much as many of us would prefer to have had a choice to machine vote on election day, that opportunity has been taken from us, so my best advice is vote by mail to avoid confusion on election day and a delay in having your ballot counted.”

“A voter’s best bet now is to vote by mail and drop the ballot in one of the twelve secure ballot boxes located around the county. Ballots can be dropped off until November 3rd at 8 pm,” Lanza said.

Those voters who may have misplaced their vote by mail ballot can receive a replacement by calling the County Clerk’s office at 908 788-1214. Verification is made to ensure you haven’t already submitted a vote.

The last day the Clerk may mail a ballot is October 23rd. Clerk Melfi will be adding hours beginning Saturday October 24th for those who want to walk in and pick up a replacement ballot.

Ballots can also be dropped off at the County Board of Elections Office, which now has extended hours; Monday-Thursday 8:30am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm, and Sunday 9am-4pm. The Board of Elections office will also be open on November 3rd, Election Day, from 6 am to 8 pm.

Lanza said there will be several challenges to voting on election day:

  • Those who go to the polls election day will find, by state law, there is only one polling place in each town. That could result in long lines for voting.
  • Additionally, voters who show up at the polls will not be permitted to machine vote, but instead will be given a provisional ballot similar to the vote by mail ballot. Those ballots will require filling in the ovals by hand for each election choice. Imagine the delay involved with that, as only a few people at a time will be able to do so.
  • Finally, those provisional ballots are not allowed by law to be opened and counted until after November 10th. So, your election day vote may be counted too late to matter.

“We all know this is an important election. The people of the county can have total confidence in the County’s elections process team and how they have overcome challenges to make vote by mail work All voters can be assured that in Hunterdon County your vote is safe, secure and will be accurately counted. None of us like these rules, but they are the rules this year,” Lanza said.

Voters can check to see if your vote by mail ballot has been received at the Board of Elections by going to Track my Ballot- and there is also a link on the county elections webpage.

County Clerk Melfi and the Board of Elections staff have created a video for a likely scenario for those trying to vote on November 3 and to view the video, click here.

List of location of secure Hunterdon County drop boxes for daily pick up:

    Glen Gardner Municipal Building
    83 Main St., Glen Gardner NJ 08826
    Holland Township Municipal Building
    61 Church Rd, Milford NJ 08848
    Phillip J Pittore Justice Center
    25 S Union St., Lambertville NJ 08530
    Hunterdon County Public Library
    314 Rt 12 Bldg. 3, Flemington NJ 08822
    Readington Township Municipal Building
    509 Rt 523, Whitehouse Sta NJ 08889
    North Branch County Library
    65 Halstead St., Clinton
    Public Safety Building
    1370 RT. 31 No. Annandale, NJ 08801
    Hunterdon County Clerk – Hall of Records
    71 Main St., Flemington NJ 08822
    Franklin Township Municipal Building
    202 Sidney Road, Pittstown NJ 08867
    Lebanon Township Municipal Building,
    530 West Hill Road, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826
    Tewksbury Township Municipal Building
    169 Old Turnpike Rd, Califon NJ 07830
    Union Township Municipal Building
    140 Perryville Rd., Hampton, NJ 08827

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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