Frequently Asked Questions about Voting and the HCDC

How do I register to vote?

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Download registration forms:

NJ online Voter Registration site: https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/register

Pick up registration forms in person at:

HUNTERDON COUNTY HALL OF RECORDS
71 Main St.
Flemington, NJ 08822

 

Am I eligible to vote?

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To register in New Jersey, you must be:

  • A United States citizen

  • At least 17 years old, though you may not vote until you have reached the age of 18

  • A resident of the county for 30 days before the election

  • A person NOT currently serving a sentence, probation or parole because of a felony conviction

The registrant must complete a Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form. Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for your county.

Am I already registered to vote?

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Not sure if you are already registered to vote.  Click here -> NJ Division of Elections

How do I become a Democrat?

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Welcome to the party!

If you are currently registered to vote, but have not declared affiliation to a party or if you would like to declare yourself as a Democrat, you can get the party declaration form by clicking  here . 

Do I need a reason to Vote by Mail?

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*** Note 2020 Election *** due to COVID, Governor Murphy has issued an Executive Order regarding the 2020 General Election.  Click here for details.

No, you do NOT need a reason to vote by mail, nor do you need to justify why you want it. Simply fill out the application and your ballot will be mailed to your home address prior to election day.

Remember, however, if you are set to receive your ballot by mail, you should not plan to go to the polls on election day.  

If you forget to vote your Vote By Mail ballot or decide not to do it, you may go to the polls on Election Day and request a provisional ballot.

Ask for a provisional ballot, do not let anyone tell you that you are not allowed to vote. 

How do I vote by mail?

 

Can Independents or Unaffiliated voters vote in the primary?

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If you are an Unaffiliated Voter and would like to vote in a primary election, you must declare your party affiliation.

You can declare your party affiliation prior to the election.  Additionally, an unaffiliated voter can affiliate with the Democratic or Republican Party on the day of the primary and then may then vote with a provisional ballot You will not be able to vote on the machine. 

Once you declare affiliation to a party, you remain affiliated, unless you make a specific request to become an unaffiliated voter again. 

Fill It. Drop It. Check It.

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Fill it. Not sure how to fill out your mail in ballot? Watch County Clerk Mary Melfi's video How to Complete Your Vote By Mail Ballot.

Drop It. Drop your ballot off at any one of the twelve (12) secure drop box locations listed below OR at the Hunterdon County Board of Elections. Historic Court House, 3rd Floor, 71 Main Street, Flemington, NJ.  You may also mail it in using the United States Postal Service. No postage required. 

Check it. ***UPDATE 11/6*** The most recent Ballot Status updates will not be available until after 11/19. 

Did you know you can see your own voting history?  Register with the New Jersey Secretary of State’s Voter Public Access which provides you- the Voter- with your own voter information and history. Sign up at https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/auth/sign-up.

Your voter ID number can be found on your ballot label or by calling the Board of Elections at (908)788-1190 or the County Clerk at (908)788-1214. You can email us at [email protected] or use the NJ state website - https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check.  Voter ID to use in the Track your Ballot website.

BOXES CURRENTLY INSTALLED WITH DAILY BALLOT PICK UP

GLEN GARDNER BOROUGH
Glen Gardner Municipal Building
83 Main St., Glen Gardner NJ 08826

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP
Holland Township Municipal Building
61 Church Rd, Milford NJ 08848

LAMBERTVILLE CITY
Phillip J Pittore Justice Center
25 S Union St., Lambertville NJ 08530

RARITAN TOWNSHIP
Hunterdon County Public Library
314 Rt 12 Bldg. 3, Flemington NJ 08822

READINGTON TOWNSHIP
Readington Township Municipal Building
508 Rt 523, Whitehouse Sta NJ 08889

BOXES TO BE INSTALLED AND READY FOR DAILY BALLOT PICK UP
NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 2, 2020

CLINTON TOWN
North Branch County Library
65 Halstead St., Clinton

CLINTON TOWNSHIP
Public Safety Building
1370 RT. 31 No. Annandale, NJ 08801

FLEMINGTON BOROUGH
Hunterdon County Clerk - Hall of Records
71 Main St., Flemington NJ 08822

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP
Franklin Township Municipal Building
202 Sidney Road, Pittstown NJ  08867

LEBANON TOWNSHIP
Lebanon Township Municipal Building 
530 West Hill Road, Glen Gardner, NJ  08826

TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP
Tewksbury Township Municipal Building
169 Old Turnpike Rd, Califon NJ  07830

UNION TOWNSHIP
Union Township Municipal Building
140 Perryville Rd., Hampton, NJ 08827

If you didn't receive your ballot, check the date it was mailed here.  If it has been 7 days since it was mailed, please contact the County Clerk’s office at (908)788-1214 or (908)788-1378.

Tips for Completing your Mail-in Ballot

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Here are some tips for filling out your mail-in ballot.

 
Signature
  • Remember to sign it!
  • Keep it consistent. This is not a time to try out a new signature. (hint- check your Drivers license and use a similar signature).  If signature has changed - send a new one to HC Clerk via a Party Declaration Form with a note on it - see new signature.
Read - Don't Over Vote
  • Careful not to 'over vote' by selecting too many names for the office.  e.g. Selected TWO from the list.
Helping Others Vote
  • Voters are allowed to bring three (3) ballots to the clerk's office per election.  Each ballot must have the bearer section filled out.  

Didn't get your Mail-in Ballot yet?

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If you didn't receive your ballot, check the date it was mailed here.  If it has been 7 days since it was mailed, please contact the County Clerk’s office at (908)788-1214 or (908)788-1378.

How do I track my ballot?

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*** UPDATE as of 11/6** The most recent Ballot Status updates will not be available until after 11/19.  Please do not call the Board of Elections regarding your Ballot Status until after this date.

  1. Find your Voter ID # 
    To “Track your Ballot” you need to have your Voter ID #. This can be found on the envelope with your ballot. It is 11-characters long and begins with a letter. Can't find your Voter ID #?  Check the NJ state website - https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check


  2. Create an account on NJ Division of Elections
    nj.gov/state/elections/index Note: Depending on when you registered, you may be able to create an account using your driver's license or last-4 digits of your social security number.  If either of these do not work, you will need to use your Voter ID #.  

 

Are Ballot Drop Boxes Safe?

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Yes, Ballot Drop boxes are safe. 

There are cameras trained on the boxes to record people depositing ballots.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

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2021 Election Dates

 Elections

Primary Election June 8, 2021
General Election November 2, 2021

Voter Registration Deadlines

Primary Election May 18, 2021
General Election October 12, 2021

Petition Filing Deadlines

Primary: Monday, April 5, 2021 petition filing deadline 4 p.m. for June Primary.   County Candidates with County Clerk; Local/County Committee with Municipal Clerk

Annual School: Monday, July 26, 2021 petition filing deadline 4 p.m. for School Board Election

Party Affiliation

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, last day to file Party Declaration Forms to change Political Party Affiliation for the June Primary

I moved, how do I change my address so I can vote in my new town?

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If you have moved, fill out a Voter Registration Application and return to 

HUNTERDON COUNTY PERMANENT REGISTRATION OFFICE
PO BOX 2900
FLEMINGTON NJ 08822-9895

How do I vote by mail?

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You do NOT need to a provide a reason for voting by mail.

*** Note 2020 Election *** due to COVID, Governor Murphy has issued an Executive Order regarding the 2020 General Election.Click here for details.

Vote by Mail (VBM)

VOTE BY MAIL INFORMATION

In 2018, Governor Murphy signed a bill that revised the Vote by Mail law and process. Based on your past voting history and previous Vote by Mail applications on file, you will automatically receive Vote by Mail Ballots for All Future Elections .  The option of All General (November) Elections or All Elections in a Calendar Year no longer exists.  The options are now a Specific Single Election or to automatically receive All Future Elections.  If you have any questions regarding your status, please contact the Hunterdon County Clerk at (908)788-1214.

If you are not currently signed up and wish to automatically receive All Future Election Vote by Mail Ballots, please complete a new application  and return completed application to the Hunterdon County Clerk, PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ  08822. Any voter submitting an application to automatically receive all future ballots has the ability to request to be removed by informing the County Clerk in writing.

If you wish to apply to receive a Mail-In Ballot for a specific election, ballots are available 45 days prior to an election.  You may mail an application at any time specifying the election or visit the County Clerk in person.

What is an Election Day Challenger

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Requirements to be a Challenger:

A Poll Watcher, better known as a Challenger, is a person appointed to observe the conduct of an election on behalf of a candidate, a political party, or the proponents & opponents of a public question.

Challengers may be present at the polling place when it is opened and may observe the opening of the voting machine, may examine the zero proof report (19:52-1) as well as be present at the closing of the polls. Challengers may observe voters entering and exiting the voting booth

Challengers are not allowed to speak with voters.

Read the full list of Challenger Rules here

Requirements to be a Challenger:

  • A challenger must be a registered voter.
  • A challenger does not need to live within the election district in which he/she is serving.
  • Candidates are automatically challengers for any district in which their name appears on the ballot.
  • Elected public officials may only serve as challengers if they have been appointed to serve, or are on the ballot.
  • Challengers must wear their badge the entire time they are present in the polling place and should present their certificate to the poll workers to show that they have the authority to be present.
  • Challengers may only challenge in the district or districts for which they are appointed. It has been a long-standing administrative practice by the Board of Elections to allow “At-Large” challengers who may challenge in more than one district.

Where do I go to vote?

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*** Note 2020 Election *** due to COVID, Governor Murphy has issued an Executive Order regarding the 2020 General Election. Click here for details.

 

Polling location for YOUR address click here -> NJ Division of Elections

Polling locations by municipality click here - > Hunterdon County Polling Locations

Still not sure?  Send us a note and we will help you figure it out. 

Different question?

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As Democrats, we strongly believe in everyone's right to vote. Let us help you.  Drop us a line! 

What does HCDC stand for?

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HCDC is an acronym for Hunterdon County Democratic Committee.  We are the Official Democratic Party of Hunterdon County.  To learn more, click here

What is a County Commissioner?

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What is the Hunterdon County BOARD of COUNTY COMMISSIONERS?

The Board is made up of 5 Commissioners, elected in staggering election periods.  Each of the Commissioner is Elected at-large.

A full-time County Administrator manages the day-to-day operations of County Government. The board selects a director each year from amongst its members to lead meetings.

What are the responsibilities of a Commissioner?

Each Commissioner chairs a standing committee: 

  • Human Services
  • Finance and Administrative Services
  • Public Works
  • Public Health & Safety
  • Each Commissioner oversees:
    • County Higher Education and Vocational Technical Schools
    • Road and Bridge Maintenance
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Social Services
    • County Budget