Frequently Asked Questions

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Where do I go to vote?

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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. 

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.

CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF DROP BOXES

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.

Where do I return my ballot?

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Four Options for Returning Your Ballot

  1. Your Polling Location on Election Day: Voters may return their OWN ballot to their designated polling place on Election Day. Refer to the letter you receive regarding YOUR polling location.
  2. Board of Elections in Flemington: Ballots can be returned to the Board of Elections, 71 Main Street, Flemington anytime up until 8:00 pm on Election Day.  Any ballot being returned on behalf of another voter must have the ‘BEARER’ section filled out on the outer envelope with the name and address of the person delivering the ballot(s). Anyone bringing a ballot into the Board of Elections will be asked for ID.
    • Voters may return their OWN ballot.
    • Voters may return up to 3 ADDITIONAL ballots. 
    • Voters may return up to 5 additional ballots for family members in the same household.
  3. Ballot Drop Boxes: Voters may drop their OWN ballot in any one of 12 ballot DROP BOXES in Hunterdon County (see below).  They may also return ballots of other Hunterdon County residents, according to the criteria above for delivering a ballot to the Board of Elections.
  4. Mail by USPS: Voters may mail their OWN ballot by the United States Postal Service.  There will be a postage paid return envelope with your ballot.  If you will be mailing your ballot plan to do so by October 20.

Voters will receive a letter with their polling location and drop box locations.  You can also go to nj.gov/state/elections/ to get drop box and polling locations.

Voting at a Polling Site will be Limited

  • Voting at the polling place will be by provisional ballot only except for those with disabilities requiring a machine vote.
  • In Hunterdon, there will be one polling place per municipality and some polling locations have been changed for this election.  Voters will receive a letter with their polling location prior to Election Day.  You can also go to nj.gov/state/elections/ to get your polling location.
  • Ballots may be dropped off at designated polling locations.
  • Schools are closed on November 3 to allow use as a polling place.

Hunterdon County Board of Elections website

Hunterdon County Drop Box locations

Vote by Mail Ballots may be deposited 8pm on Election Day..

CLINTON TOWN: North Branch County Library, 65 Halstead St., Clinton, NJ 08809

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

HUNTERDON COUNTY CLERK: Hall of Records, 71 Main St., Flemington NJ 08822

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

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

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

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

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

RARITAN TWP: 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

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

 

Can I deliver more than 1 VBM ballot to the Board of Elections or in a Drop Box?

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A person who transports a voted (completed) vote by mail ballot for someone else is considered a "Bearer". Bearers are limited to three (3) non-household ballots per election, except that an authorized bearer may transport up to five (5) ballots in an election if those voters are immediate family members residing in the same household as the bearer.
  • Not to exceed (5) ballots in total for any election
  • The Bearer MUST SIGN the "Bearer Portion" of the outer envelope of the ballot in the presence of the voter when taking custody of the ballot.

Any Bearer Ballots that exceed the limit must be REJECTED. If the Bearer is hand-delivering the ballot to the county Board of Elections, then he/she MUST SHOW ID AND SIGN the Bearer Book. It is against the law for anyone except you, the voter, to mail or transport your ballot unless the outer envelope is sealed and the “Bearer Portion” is completed.

NJ DOS Board of Elections

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

Can I bring my vote-by-mail Ballot to my polling location?

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No, you cannot bring your ballot to your polling place on Election Day. However, you can bring your completed and sealed ballot in-person to your county’s Board of Elections office, or place it in a secure “ballot drop box” located throughout your county.

NJ DOS Division of Elections: https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/vote-by-mail.shtml

Can 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 on the voting machine.

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

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.

What are the dates and deadlines associated with the 2022 Election?

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2022 Election Dates

Primary Election - 

  • April 4, 2022 - Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Primary Election (before 4:00 p.m. on or before 64th day prior to election) N.J.S.A. 19:23-14  

  • April 23, 2022 - Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for Primary Election (45 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-5, N.J.S.A. 19:63-9  

  • May 17, 2022 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election
  • June 3 – June 5, 2022 - Early Voting Period (start on the 4th calendar day before a non-presidential primary election and end on the second calendar day before that non-presidential primary election) N.J.S.A. 19:15A-1  

  • June 6, 2022 – by 3:00 p.m. - Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Primary Election (up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-3  

  • June 7, 2022 - Primary Election Day (Tuesday after first Monday in June) N.J.S.A. 19:2-1, N.J.S.A. 19:23-40 

  • July 25, 2022 - Annual School Board petition filing deadline 4 p.m. for School Board Election

2022-chron-primary-election-0124.pdf (nj.gov)

Party Affiliation

  • April 13, 2022 - last day to file Party Declaration Forms to change Political Party Affiliation for the June Primary

Voter Registration Deadlines

  • October 11, 2022 - General Election

Election Dates

  • Primary Election June 7, 2022
  • General Election November 8, 2022
  • Annual School Election November 8, 2022

 

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

 

Where can I vote early?

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EARLY VOTING CENTERS

North Location
North Branch Library Meeting Room
65 Halstead St
Clinton NJ 
08809
Map

Central Location
Hunterdon County Library Meeting Room
314 State Route 12
Building 3
Flemington NJ 08822
Map

South Location
South County Fairgrounds
4-H Building
1207 Route 179
Lambertville NJ 08530
Map

 

What is the deadline to register to vote?

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2022 Election Dates

 Elections

Primary Election June 7, 2022
General Election November 8, 2022

Voter Registration Deadlines

Primary Election May 17, 2022
General Election October 11, 2022

Petition Filing Deadlines

Primary: Monday, April 4, 2022 petition filing deadline 4 p.m. for June Primary.   County Candidates with County Clerk; Local/County Committee with Municipal Clerk

Annual School: Monday, July 25, 2022 petition filing deadline 4 p.m. for School Board Election

Party Affiliation

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, last day to file Party Declaration Forms to change Political Party Affiliation for the June Primary

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.

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
  • A person who transports a voted (completed) vote by mail ballot for someone else is considered a "Bearer". Bearers are limited to three (3) non-household ballots per election, except that an authorized bearer may transport up to five (5) ballots in an election if those voters are immediate family members residing in the same household as the bearer.
     
    • Not to exceed (5) ballots in total for any election
    • X The Bearer MUST SIGN the "Bearer Portion" of the outer envelope of the ballot in the presence of the voter when taking custody of the ballot.

  • Any Bearer Ballots that exceed the limit must be REJECTED. If the Bearer is hand-delivering the ballot to the county Board of Elections, then he/she MUST SHOW ID AND SIGN the Bearer Book. It is against the law for anyone except you, the voter, to mail or transport your ballot unless the outer envelope is sealed and the “Bearer Portion” is completed.

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?

 

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.

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.

How do I track my ballot?

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  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 Provisional Ballots counted?

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Yes, all provisional ballots are counted and included in the election results.

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 . 

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

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.

Different question?

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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

How do I write in a candidate on the voting machines?

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NOTICE TO VOTERS – It is important to properly cast your vote for a Write-In or Personal Choice Candidate will not be counted by the voting machine. The office chosen when a Write-In or Personal Choice vote is entered is the only office for which that vote will be recorded. Any improperly cast vote will not be counted. Please review the instructions carefully before entering your Write-In or Personal Choice Candidate. If you have any questions regarding casting a vote for a Write-in or Personal Choice Candidate, please ask the district board worker prior to entering the voting booth.

The following is a step-by-step procedure for casting a vote for a write-in or personal choice candidate:

  1. For contests that allow write-in votes, touch the PERSONAL CHOICE selection on the contest screen.
  2. The system displays an on-screen keyboard.
  3. Touch the on-screen keyboard to enter the write-in name, then touch “Accept”. The Name will now appear on the screen for that contest.
  4. Continue voting until all contests in this election have been completed.
  5. When all selections are made, review the screen to verify and/or change selections before printing or casting the ballot.

AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED VOTING THE ENTIRE BALLOT, PRESS THE GREEN 'PRINT BALLOT’ BUTTON LOCATED ON YOUR LOWER RIGHT-HAND SIDE. DO NOT PRESS THE 'CAST BALLOT' BUTTON UNTIL YOU HAVE REVIEWED YOUR PRINTED BALLOT AND ARE READY FOR YOUR VOTE TO BE COUNTED. ANY CHANGES TO YOUR PRINTED BALLOT REQUIRE YOU TO QUIT THE VOTING SESSION PRIOR TO CASTING YOUR BALLOT.

 

 

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