Election Information

Where Do I Vote?

If you have recently moved to Scotch Plains or changed your address and need to register to vote, mail-in registration forms are available through the Clerk's Office or online (see below).

 

You may also vote by mail. Application is available below.. 

 

The deadline to apply for Vote by Mail for the Election is seven days prior to the election date. You may also apply in person at the County Clerk's Office up until the day before the election at 3:00 p.m. All applications must be received at the County Clerk's Office for processing. 

2020 General Election Polling Locations

Polling Place Address Location District
Park Middle School 580 Park Ave. Back Gym D1-5
Green Forest Clubhouse 554 Westfield Rd. Meeting Room D8
Evergreen School 2280 Evergreen Ave. Gym - Cedar St. Entrance D6, 7, 9-11
William McGinn School 1100 Roosevelt Ave. - Gym Gym D12-16
Terrill Middle School 1301 Terrill Rd. - Lobby Lobby D17, 18
Coles School  16 Kevin Rd. - Gym Gym  D19-21, 23
Southwyck Village 21 Maddaket - Clubhouse Clubhouse D22

2020 General Election Update | Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still register to vote this November?

 

Yes, the registration deadline, whether in-person or by mail, is Tuesday, Oct. 13. To register in New Jersey you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 17 years old (but wait until turning 18 to vote)
  • Be a resident of the state and county you're voting in 30 days before the election

When will the ballots be mailed?

 

The ballots will be mailed in waves beginning in September.  All voters will have received their ballots in the beginning of October.

 

What if I didn't get a ballot by mail?

 

If a mail-in ballot has not arrived by the week of Oct. 5, voters can call the Union County Clerk’s Office 908-527-4996.

 

How can I find out who is running for office in my community?

 

For details on those questions please check www.unioncountyvotes.com for sample ballots.

 

How do I mail back my completed ballot?

 

All vote-by-mail return envelopes will have prepaid First-Class postage, which means a voter can fill out their ballot according to the directions and put it in a mailbox for pickup.

 

Can I drop off my mail-in ballot in person?

 

Yes. Secure drop boxes will be available throughout Union County, IN EVERY MUNICIPALITY, to ensure voters can drop their ballots instead of mailing if they prefer. The County Clerk’s office will also post the locations on its website once the locations have been identified by the Board of Elections. 

 

In addition, you may deliver it to the Board of Elections Office up until 8 pm on November 3rd; the night of the General Election.  If someone other than the voter is delivering the ballot to the Board of Elections make sure that they fill out and sign the Carrier Section on the left front side of the return envelope and the voter fills out the back of the envelope.   A voter delivering their own ballot is required to produce identification.  If a Carrier is delivering the voter’s ballot, they too must produce identification. Contact the Board of Elections at 908-527-4123 to find out what identification is acceptable.

 

Will polling places still be open on Nov. 3? How do I find my polling place? 

 

The Board of Elections will be choosing a limited number of Polling Places available for voters on Election Day, where only Provisional Paper Ballots will be available to cast your vote. A Provisional Paper Ballot is similar to voting on your VBM Ballot. You will be receiving a post card notifying you of the polling location in your municipality.  Polling locations will be required to follow public health standards, including ensuring 6 feet of distance, requiring poll workers to wear face coverings and gloves, frequent sanitization of high-touch areas and providing sanitization materials to all individuals at a polling place.

 

Will I still be able to vote in person?

 

Provisional paper ballots will be available for those who wish to cast a ballot in person on Election Day. A board worker will give a voter a paper ballot and an envelope and must provide a place to vote the ballot in secret. Put the voted ballot in the envelope and seal it.

  • Sign and complete the “Affirmation Statement” that is attached to the envelope. DO NOT DETACH the Affirmation Statement. *If you do not sign the Affirmation Statement, your ballot will not be counted.
  • Give the envelope to the board worker. Watch the board worker put the envelope into the provisional ballot bag, or you may put your ballot into the bag yourself.
  • If you spoil your ballot, you have the right to ask a board worker for another ballot.

Will my provisional vote be counted?

 

Yes, Provisional Ballots are counted last and must be checked against the Vote By Mail Ballots that have already been cast before they are accepted. After the election, you can call the Union County Board of Elections at 908-527-4123 to find out if your ballot was counted. If your ballot was not counted, you can find out why it was rejected.

 

Can I use a machine to vote?

 

NO. You will not be permitted to vote on the machine if you go to your polling place.  Voters who appear at the polling location will be permitted to vote ONLY on a Provisional Paper Ballot. (A Provisional Paper Ballot is similar to voting on your Vote By Mail Ballot). We urge you to use your Vote By Mail Ballot, as Provisional Ballots are counted last and must be checked against the Vote By Mail Ballots that have already been cast before they are accepted.

 

What if I'm disabled?

 

If you have a disability and need an accessible ballot, please contact the Union County Board of Elections at 908-527-4123 or you may go to your assigned polling place, which will provide access to an in-person accessible voting device on Primary Election Day

 

Can I “track” my mail-in ballot to confirm it was counted?

 

Yes. Voters need to set up a personal New Jersey Voter Registration System account on the state elections website, to check the status of a submitted mail-in ballot. Voters also can also call their County Election Officials to track a Mail-In Ballot. Once a voter account has been set up, voters can see the date a ballot was requested, as well as the request processed date, request status, date the ballot was received and that ballot’s status.

 

When do I need to return my mail-in ballot by?

 

All voters are strongly encouraged to vote that ballot as soon as possible and return it so it reaches the Election Officials by the deadline. Under an executive order by the governor, the deadline has been extended to allow ballots being returned through the U.S. Postal Service with a postmark on or before Nov. 3 to be counted as a valid ballot by the County Clerk, if received by 8 p.m. on Nov. 10. Ballots without a postmark that are received by the county boards of elections within 48 hours of the closing of polls on Nov. 3 shall be considered valid.

Voter Registration/Vote By Mail Forms

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Voter Registration English
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Voter Registration Spanish
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Vote by Mail Ballot English
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Vote by Mail Ballot Spanish
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