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Mercer County is proud to announce two new informational tools to answer your voter questions.  You can call the Mercer County Voter Hotline at 609-278-2719 or Email:  MercerVotes@mercercounty.org

The Mercer County Clerk offers Vote by Mail instructions in English, Spanish, in Gujarati, Polish and Urdu. Please email the County Clerk's Office at MercerVotes@mercercounty.org and we will mail or email them to you!

 Earlier this year, a law was passed permitting in-person early voting in New Jersey. All registered voters can now cast their ballot in person, using a voting machine, during a nine-day period prior to Election Day. You can choose to vote when it's most convenient for your schedule.

 Five Things to Know About Early Voting

No matter where you live in Mercer County, you can vote your specific ballot in-person at any of our county's eight designated in-person early voting locations, from Saturday, October 23 through Sunday October 31.  Monday through Saturday, 10AM - 8PM and Sunday 10AM - 6PM.  

Early voting sites are as follows:

  1. TRENTON - Cure Arena – 81 Hamilton Ave., Trenton. Gate C 
  2. HAMILTON - Courtyard Marriott – 530 Route 130, Hamilton 
  3. EAST WINDSOR - Mercer County Library – 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor 
  4. EWING - Element Ewing Hotel - 1000 Sam Weinroth Road East, Ewing  
  5. LAWRENCE - Mercer County Library – 2751 Brunswick Pike at Darrah Lane, Lawrence 
  6. PENNINGTON - Pennington Fire Department - 120 Broemel Place, Pennington 
  7. PRINCETON - Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St., Princeton 
  8. WEST WINDSOR - Mercer County Community College – 1200 Old Trenton Road, Conference Center, West Windsor 

If you always vote by mail, but now want to vote early in person, instead, you must opt-out of Vote by Mail with your county clerk by August 31, 2021. If you opt-out after this deadline, you will not be able to vote in a voting machine for the upcoming election and will have to vote on a PROVISIONAL BALLOT.  You may opt out for FUTURE elections by filling out this form.

Early Voting Tally Report

VIDEO - 3 Ways to Vote in New Jersey:

 

VIDEO  - Early Voting Questions and Answers:

 

VIDEO - How to use new Voting Machines:

 

Of course, you still have a choice to either vote by mail by Election Day, or vote in person at your polling location on Election Day, November 2, 2021. 

PETITION FILING DEADLINES:

  • General Election:  Tuesday, June 8, 2021 petition filing deadline 4 p.m.
  • Annual School Board ElectionMonday, July 26, 2021 petition filing deadline 4 p.m.
  • Hopewell Township Fire Commissioner Election:  Monday July 26, 2021 petition filing deadline 4 p.m.

 

VOTE BY MAIL DROP BOX LOCATIONS

The Mercer County Board of Elections has provided secure drop boxes for voters which are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Drop boxes can be found at these addresses: 

EAST WINDSOR:

East Windsor Municipal Court Building, 80 One Mile Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520 (In front)

EWING: 

Ewing Municipal Building – 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ 08628 (In Front)

Mercer County Office Park/Extension Services - 1440 Parkside Ave,, Ewing NJ 08638 (In front of entrance)

TCNJ Administrative Services Building - 1872 Pennington Rd., Ewing NJ 08618 (In front of the campus side)

HAMILTON:

Hamilton Golf/Call Center – 5 Justice Samuel A. Alito Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619

Hamilton Municipal Building – 2090 Greenwood Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08609 (Left side of building)

Nottingham Firehouse – 200 Mercer Street, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690 (Right side of building)

HIGHTSTOWN:

Hightstown Firehouse #1 – 140 N. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520 (Front of building)

HOPEWELL:

Hopewell Township Administration Building – 201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ  08560 (At the main entrance of the building)

LAWRENCE:

Lawrence Municipal Building – 2207 Lawrenceville Rd, (Rt 206) Lawrence, NJ 08648  (North side, Right side of the Municipal Building)

Mercer County Board of Elections -  930 Spruce St, Lawrence NJ 08648 (In front of building entrance)

PRINCETON:

Princeton Municipal Building – 400 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ  08540 (Front of building facing Witherspoon St)

Princeton University- Princeton University Dinky Station/Wawa, 152 Alexander Street, Princeton NJ 08540 ( on the circle)

ROBBINSVILLE:

Robbinsville Municipal Building, 2298 NJ-33, Robbinsville, NJ 08691  (In back parking lot of the Municipal Bldg)

TRENTON:

Mercer County Clerk's Office - Courthouse Annex – 209 S. Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 (in front)

Trenton City Hall – 319 E. State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 (Rear of the building, near City Clerk's Office)

Henry J. Austin Center – 321 N. Warren St  08618 (Corner of Tucker)

Trenton Central High School– 400 Chambers Street 08609  (across from McDonald's)

WEST WINDSOR:

Mercer County Community College - 1200 Old Trenton Rd, Princeton Junction NJ 08550 (Around left side in the back by the Fine Arts Building)

 West Windsor Municipal Complex, 271 Clarksville Rd, West Windsor, NJ 08550  (Between the Municipal building and  the Senior Center)

* If you prefer to vote in person, you will receive a post card with your polling location before the election. Accommodations will always be available for voters with physical disabilities.

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Vote By Mail Information:

 There are "how to complete my vote-by-mail ballot" videos linked (left tab) in English and Spanish. 

You can download a vote-by-mail  application at nj.gov/state/elections/vote-by-mail.shtml IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES. 

Or, you can WALK IN to the County Clerk's Office in Trenton, and fill out an application and obtain it in person until Election Day by 8pm. 

Also, voters are now allowed to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot when registering to vote.

 What you need to know:

  • You can vote with a "Mail-In" ballot for any reason.
  • If you choose, you may get a mail-in ballot for one election or;
  • For all all future elections until otherwise requested.
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  • YOU CAN NOW TRACK YOUR BALLOT AT : Track My Ballot
  • 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.

Authorized Messengers:

  • 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.

How to remove my name from Vote By Mail list

To remove one's name from  the Vote By Mail list, submit this form:  Remove Name from VBM list

Additional Vote By Mail Information

If you need a replacement ballot or have questions on Vote by Mail not answered here, call 609-989-6494.

For more information on Vote by Mail Ballots, SEE OUR LIST OF FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BELOW.  Or you may call, 609-989-6495 or 609-989-6494.  Address for Walk-in voters and mailing of vote-by-mail ballots is:

Paula Sollami Covello, Esq.
Mercer County Clerk
209 S. Broad St.
PO Box 8068
Trenton NJ 08650

Other County Election Offices:

 For information on Voter Registration please call 609-989-6750. Or mail voter registration information to: 

Superintendent of Elections
640 S. Broad Street
PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650

THERE IS ALSO A NEW ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION LINK available at: https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/register

 For information on Polling Places or becoming a Poll Worker, please call Board of Elections (609) 989-6522.

 Mail address for Board of Elections is: 

 PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650

 Physical address for Mercer County Board of Elections for Hand-Delivering ballots:

930 Spruce St., Lawrence, NJ 08648

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Other 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 Vote.NJ.Gov or  http://nj.gov/state/elections/index.html.   Or, Download the NJ Elections Mobile App on Google Play or Apple 

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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.

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Election Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I want to vote early. Can I do this?

Yes! Early voting is now allowed in NJ and early voting sites are listed above. You can also vote early with a vote by mail ballot for the General Election in November 2021!

How do I get a Vote by Mail ballot?

If a voter wants a ballot mailed to a different address, voter should complete a new vote by mail application  noting the mailing address required (in section 4 of the form).  To download an application, go https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote-by-mail.shtml

Where can I get the Vote by Mail application?

All registered voters may apply to vote by mail through their County Clerk's Office. We can send you a hard copy or you can print it out and the application link is available on this page (above). The application is on the NJ State website at: https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote-by-mail.shtml in multiple languages.

How can I return my ballot?

After you receive your ballot and vote it, it can be returned in one of three ways.  (1) It can be mailed in the U.S. Mail; (2) dropped in one of the ballot drop boxes which will be located throughout the county; or (3) delivered directly to the Board of Elections office at 930 Spruce Street, Lawrence (next to Trenton Farmer's Market).  For mail returns, ballots must be postmarked by or on ELECTION DAY by 8pm and received within 6 days of the election.

** PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CANNOT RETURN A BALLOT TO A POLLING LOCATION FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION.

Where are the drop boxes located?

The locations of Mercer drop boxes are listed above. Locations can also be found on the Mercer County Board of Elections website  --as the Board oversees and monitors drop boxes. All drop boxes are under video surveillance and are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

How can I track my ballot to ensure it was received and counted?

The State of New Jersey has an online portal for tracking your Vote By Mail ballot. Go to https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/ you’ll see Voter Information Portal and a link to “Track Your Mail-In Ballot". Register and check periodically after the election. The Board of Elections counts paper ballots.

How do I register to vote?

You must complete a registration application and send it to the Superintendent of Elections.  The application must be in by the voter registration deadline.  The registration form can be downloaded https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml or it can be picked up at our office or mailed to you.  A new State online voter registration system is also on that site, allowing you to register to vote online.

Absentee ballot vs. Vote By Mail ballot?

In NJ, there is no difference.  An absentee ballot is the same as a vote by mail ballot.

I want to confirm that my ballot was mailed.

Contact the Mercer County Clerk’s Office at 609-989-6494 or 609-989-6495. Or email Shansen@mercercounty.org

I want to vote at my polling place.

Voters may go to their assigned polling place for the upcoming Election. Polling locations can be found on your sample ballot.

Ballot sent to my son, mother, or someone that no longer lives here

Voter should mark every election piece of mail received that is not theirs, "Return to Sender" or does not live at this address, or"Deceased" or whatever the case. Mercer County Superintendent of Elections is in charge of voter registration.  They can be reached at 609-989-6750.

For Poll Worker questions:

Call Mercer Board of Elections: 609-989-6522, or visit their website for an application to work at the polls.

 We saw record voting in the November 3, 2020 General Election. Results can be found here:  Detailed 2020 General Election Results (Official)

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Related Links-

2021 School Board Packet

2021 Fire Commissioner Packet

 2021 Primary Election - Some Changes while others stay the same

Mercer Election Officials Add Ballot Locations and Extended Hours for Vote by Mail

Mercer County Clerk’s Office Offers Pre-Election Information and Other Voting Reminders

VIDEO: HOW TO SUBMIT A VOTE BY MAIL APPLICATION

Votar Por Correo (En Espanol)

VIDEO: How to fill out a Vote By Mail Ballot

Instructions on how to vote by mail FOR MERCER COUNTY VOTERS HINDI

Instructions on how to vote by mail FOR MERCER COUNTY VOTERS GUJARATI

New Jersey Online Voter Registration Application

General Election - Track My Vote By Mail Ballot - Updated by Board of Elections

Remove Name from Vote By Mail list

 

Additional Links

New Jersey Division of Elections
New Jersey Division of Elections - Vote By Mail applications
2021 General Election Candidate List
2021 General Election - School Board Candidates list
2021 General Election - Fire Commissioners Candidate list
Democratic County Committee (As of September 28, 2021)
Democratic County Committee Constitution
Republican County Committee (As of October 25, 2021)
Republican County Committee Constitution
Chronological Election Timelines
Application for Voter Registration (English)
Application for Voter Registration (Spanish)

2021 Elected Officials
School Board Secretaries
Municipal Clerks
Military and Overseas Voter Application

 

 

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