FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TRENTON – In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Mercer County Clerk’s Office has been ordered by the Governor to adjust the way we normally conduct elections for the upcoming Presidential Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Per Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order #177, the Nov. 3 General Election will be conducted primarily through mail-in ballot voting. However, there will be some polling locations available for voters to cast a ballot in the polls via a Provisional (or paper) ballot if they prefer. Also, there will be voting machine devices available for those who have documented audio or visual impairment.
This election method is similar to the way New Jersey’s July 7 Primary Election was held, and it was implemented in order to help reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Currently, the Mercer County Clerk’s Office is sending out mail-in ballots to all registered voters in Mercer County. If you don’t receive a ballot, you may contact our office to inquire via phone or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because all voters, regardless of party affiliation, will receive a mail-in ballot we are asking that you follow the instructions to fill it out properly so that your vote will count. Please note, only blue or black ink will be allowed and red ink or pencil cannot be accepted. We have made two videos — one in English and one in Spanish – that are posted on the Mercer County Clerk’s website to assist you in completing your mail-in ballot.
Postage on all ballots is pre-paid for you by Mercer County. “Voting should cost you nothing as it is a basic right in this country,” stated Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello.
Also, for the first time this year, voters will have the option of walking into their designated polling location and dropping off a mail-in ballot at the polls on Election Day until 8 p.m.
Further, if you prefer to not use the U.S. Mail, voters will also have the option of dropping their ballots in one of the County’s 15 secure drop boxes that will be placed throughout the County and open 24 hours per day. These drop boxes can be found at:
- East Windsor Police Station – 80 One Mile Road, East Windsor, to open Sept. 28.
- Ewing Municipal Building – 2 Jake Garzio Dr, Ewing, in front of the building, to open Oct. 5.
- Hamilton Golf Center – 5 Justice Samuel A. Alito Way, Hamilton, to open Sept. 28.
- Hamilton Municipal Building – 2090 Greenwood Ave., Hamilton, to open Oct. 5.
- Nottingham Fire House – 200 Mercer St., Hamilton Square, to open Oct. 5.
- Hightstown Fire House #1 – 140 N. Main St., Hightstown, to open Oct. 5.
- Hopewell Township Administration Building – 201 Washington Crossing – Pennington Road, Titusville (at the intersection of Scotch Road), to open Sept. 28.
- Lawrence Township Municipal Building – 2207 Lawrenceville Road (Rt. 206), Lawrenceville (North Side-Right Side of Municipal Building), to open Oct. 5.
- Princeton Municipal Building – 400 Witherspoon St., Princeton, to open Sept. 28.
- Robbinsville Municipal Building – 2298 NJ-33, Robbinsville (in back parking lot), to open Oct. 5.
- Mercer County Courthouse Annex – 209 S. Broad St., Trenton (in front of County Clerk’s Office), to open Sept. 28.
- Trenton City Hall – 319 E State St., Trenton (in back, near Municipal Clerk’s Office), to open Oct. 5.
- Henry J. Austin Center – 321 N. Warren St., Trenton (corner of Tucker), to open Oct. 5.
- Trenton Central High School – 400 Chambers St., Trenton (across from McDonald’s), open Oct. 5.
- West Windsor Municipal Building – 271 Clarksville Road, West Windsor (between Municipal Building and Senior Center), to open Oct. 5.
For those who prefer to vote at the polls, or those who wish to return their mail-in ballot to their polling place, a full list of polling places can be found here: http://www.mercercounty.org/home/showdocument?id=19262
All voted ballots must be returned and postmarked no later than Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m., and the County Board of Elections must receive your ballot no later than Nov. 10 in order to count it.
There will also be at least one polling place per municipality open on Election Day for those who prefer to vote at the polls via provisional (paper) ballot. Polling place locations will be determined by the Mercer County Board of Elections and mailed to residents via post card at least one week prior to the election, in place of your sample ballot. You can track the progress of your ballot by going to https://nj.gov/state/elections/index.shtml and signing up for the “Track Your Ballot” feature.
Also, for those not yet registered to vote, an online system is available to assist people register. Information can be found by going to the State Division of Elections website. The deadline for registering to vote in this year’s General Election is Oct. 13. Also, you can still register vote the traditional way by mailing your form in to the Superintendent of Elections and that office will be open until 8 p.m. to accept registrations.
County Clerk Sollami Covello is further advising residents to update or verify their voter registration information with a current physical address. If a voter will be away between late September and Election Day, please apply to vote by mail ahead of time, noting the special/temporary mailing address required.
Walk-in voters may apply and obtain a ballot at the Mercer County Clerk’s Office until 8 p.m. on Election Day. The address is Courthouse Annex, 209 South Broad St., 2nd floor, Trenton.
For more information on voting this Election Day, please visit our website at mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk or call the Mercer County Clerk’s Office at (609) 989-6465.
Thank you for your attention and I wish you the best as you exercise your right to vote!
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|Mercer County ClerkPaula Sollami Covello209 South Broad St, PO Box 8068Trenton, NJ 08650-0068 | (609) 989-6465|