Vote-by-Mail This Primary, July 7th

Posted on June 22, 2020

New – The Somerset County Clerks Office has added a new webpage explaining more about the July 7 Primary and Vote-by-Mail.  Go to:

The Primary Election is scheduled for July 7 and will be conducted mainly by mail-in ballots

Per Executive Order 144, registered, active, Democrats and Republicans will be mailed ballots automatically.  Unaffiliated and Inactive voters will be mailed a special application that they can use if they would like to receive a ballot for the July 7th Primary.

In light of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 144 on May 15, 2020 which requires the County Clerk to send all Unaffiliated and Inactive Democratic and Republican registered voters a Vote-by-Mail Ballot application for the upcoming July 7, 2020 Primary Election.

Because New Jersey is a closed Primary Election state, in order to receive a ballot, an Unaffiliated voter must choose to be affiliated with the Democratic or Republican party to receive that Party’s Vote-by-Mail Ballot. You may return to an Unaffiliated status following the Primary Election by completing and returning a Party Declaration Form to your County Commissioner of Registration.

A voter may apply for a Mail-In Ballot by mail up to 7 days prior to the election. He or she may also apply in person to the County Clerk prior to 8 P.M. the day of the election.