Posted on October 17, 2020

Somerset County Provides Instructions on Casting a Ballot During COVID-19

The Somerset County Clerk’s office is providing guidance for residents to vote in the 2020 General Election to occur on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. This year is unprecedent in New Jersey since it is the first time a General Election will be held primarily by mail after Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order mandating this new voting process.

The county Clerk’s Office has provided photo steps tutorial and video tutorials (right tab) that explains exactly how to fill out a ballot to ensure that it is counted, expand sections of the website with detailed information, and social media posts so that all segments of the population will be informed.

Every Active Registered Voter To Receive a Vote by Mail Ballot

Active registered Somerset County voters will receive ballots by mail from the Somerset County Clerk’s Office between late September until Oct. 5. To check if you are an active registered voter, visit https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check or call the Somerset County Board of Elections at 908-231-7084.

Active Voters Do Not Need to Request A Ballot

Because all active voters will be mailed a ballot, there is no need to request a ballot. Newly registered voters will automatically be sent a ballot without needing to request one. There are exceptions to having to request a replacement ballot, such as if an active voter has lost, damaged or filled out the form incorrectly. If this is the case, you may request a replacement ballot from Somerset County online here or  in person at the County Administration Building at 20 Grove Street in Somerville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.  Voters cannot request a second ballot if they have already submitted one.

Ballots Will Have Postage Prepaid, so There Is No Need for a Stamp

Ballots for the 2020 General Election will have a prepaid label so that voters can submit their ballot without paying postage. The ballots will be considered first class mail, so there is no benefit to the voter if they use a stamp.

Vote by Mail Ballots Can Be Submitted in Several Ways

  • Ballots can be submitted by mailing them to the address on the preprinted envelope with a postmark before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. It is highly recommended that mail-in voters submit their ballot earlier.
  • Ballots can be submitted by inserting them by 8 p.m. on November 3 in one of 13 certified 2020 ballot drop-off boxes located throughout Somerset County.
    A red, white, and blue colored ballot drop box is located outside the front glass doors of the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502. It is secured by cameras and available 24 hours a day.
  • Voters can go to their polling location from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Voters can bring their paper ballot to a polling place, or if they do not have their paper ballot, they can cast a provisional ballot. Voters who are disabled and require an accommodation will be able to vote on a special device.  LIST OF POLLING LOCATIONS BY TOWN

Important Dates During the Election

  • Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 – Ballots for active voters will be mailed out by this date. Ballots can be submitted as soon as they are received, which may happen before this date.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 – This is the last day to register to vote and be able to cast a ballot in the 2020 General Election.
  • Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 – This is the last day to request a replacement ballot through the mail. Ballots can still be requested in person at the Clerk’s Office (location TBD due to COVID restrictions) through 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2020.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 – This is the last day Qualified Overseas and Military Voters can request electronic balloting.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 – Election Day.

Source: Somerset County Office of Public Information

Read more Montgomery Twp. news in the Fall 2020 Newsletter