Vote By Mail Information:
In June 2009 the "Vote By Mail" law was enacted, changing the rules for what was formerly known as the absentee ballot.
What you need to know:
- You can vote with a "Mail-In" ballot for any reason.
- Mail-In ballots are now good for a variety of durations. If you choose, you may get a mail-in ballot
- --for all elections to be held during the remainder of the calendar year, or
- --for all future November general elections until otherwise requested.
Remove My Name from Vote By Mail Information:
If you were placed on the permanent Vote by Mail list due to the recent law change (in 2018 or 2019) and/or you simply wish to be removed, please submit to us the REMOVE MY NAME FROM THE VOTE BY MAIL LIST form found at http://www.mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk/elections under Additional Links. The law now requires our office to send you a Vote-By-Mail Ballot for the upcoming Primary Election due to the fact that you requested and received a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for any election in 2017 and/or 2018. This new law also mandates that our office automatically issue you a Vote-By-Mail Ballot for ALL FUTURE ELECTIONS, unless you inform our office in writing that you do NOT wish to receive a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for all future elections. Therefore, if you do not wish to receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot for the upcoming June 2, 2020 Primary Election, and all future elections, please return the REMOVE MY NAME form to my office by April 1, 2020.
If you do not opt out by notifying this office in writing that you do not wish to Vote by Mail by April 1, 2020, you will be sent a Vote- by-Mail Ballot for the Primary Election and you will only be allowed to vote by mail, or by provisional ballot in the Primary and going forward without written notice to the contrary. This is in accordance with Public Law, S4069, 2019.
- Cannot be a candidate in the election.
- Must be a family member or a registered voter in that county.
- Cannot serve as messenger or bearer for more than THREE (3) qualified voters per election.
- Must sign each mail-in ballot application and show a photo ID in the presence of the County Clerk or County Clerk designee.
Additional Vote By Mail Information
A voter may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot and mailing the application to their County Clerk, with the application being received by the County Clerk at least 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3 p.m. the day before the election.
The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required.
Vote by Mail applications can be downloaded from the New Jersey Division of Elections website at http://www.njelections.org/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html and are available in the following languages: English and Spanish. Such applications are available in other languages at the State Website but they must be mailed to the MERCER COUNTY CLERK. Visit our Related Links box above on the right for additional details.
Voters are now allowed to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot when registering to vote. Voters who apply for vote-by-mail ballots will receive mail-in-ballots for every future election unless they are deemed inactive, request to not receive vote-by-mail ballots, or are removed from the voter rolls. Those who voted by mail in the 2016 election will be automatically enrolled as well. Voters still retain the option of voting by mail for a single election.
Additionally, the applications may be obtained at the Mercer County Connection office, located in the Hamilton Square Shopping Center at Route 33 and Paxson Avenue in Hamilton, and mailed to the Office of the Mercer County Clerk.
For more information, or a Vote by Mail application, call 609-989-6494.
Primary Elections – held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The purpose of the Primary Election is to nominate party candidates who will run in the General Election and elect party members of the State and County Committees.
General Elections – held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The general election will determine who will be elected into office.
School Board Elections – School Board elections are now held in November at the General Election.
Special Elections – held at various times throughout the year. Please check your local newspapers for notification of any special elections.
Ballot Drawing and Placement - The County Clerk, or Deputy County Clerk in the Clerk’s absence, shall draw lots to determine which column the political parties shall occupy on the ballot. The method and date of drawing is set forth in New Jersey statute and must be held at 3 p.m. in the afternoon of the 85th day prior to the day of the general election. This drawing may be witnessed by “any legal voter of the County or municipality.” N.J.S.A. 19:14-12.
For further assistance, please call 609-989-6494 or 609-989-6495.
For information on Voter Registration please call 609-989-6750. Mail Voter Registration information to:
Superintendent of Elections
640 S. Broad Street
PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650
For information on Vote by Mail Ballots please call 609-989-6495 or 609-989-6494. Mail Vote by Mail Applications to:
Paula Sollami Covello, Esq.
Mercer County Clerk
209 S. Broad St.
PO Box 8068
Trenton NJ 08650
Information, Timelines and Deadlines
For additional information on Voter Information, Candidate Information, County Information, Election Information, Publications, Directions, and Contacts, please visit the Department of State - New Jersey Division of Elections at http://nj.gov/state/elections/index.html.
Pursuant to P.L. 2014, c58 (effective January 1, 2015), candidates will no longer be required to file a duplicate copy of any campaign report with the county clerk. In addition, each county will be required to provide a link to Election Law Enforcement's website (http://www.elec.state.nj.us) for the purpose of providing public access to all campaign reports required to be reported with the Commission.
For information on Polling Places or becoming an Election Day Poll Worker please call (609) 989-6522.
Mail address for Board of Elections is:
Mercer County Board of Elections
640 S. Broad Street
PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650
Application for Vote by Mail Ballot (English)
Vote By Mail application (Espaniol
Remove Name from VBM list
Democratic County Committee (As of January 2, 2020)
Democratic County Committee Constitution
Republican County Committee (As of January 2, 2020)
Republican County Committee Constitution
Chronological Election Timelines
Application for Voter Registration (English)
Application for Voter Registration (Spanish)
2020 Elected Officials
School Board Secretaries
Military and Overseas Voter Application