Last Day to Register to Vote in 2020 Election Coming Next Tuesday
Registration Can be Done Online, Via the U.S. Mail, or At the County Administration Building Weekdays Including Columbus Day
SOMERVILLE, NJ – Unregistered Somerset County residents who are qualified but not registered to vote must do so before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. The Board of Elections will have staff on hand at the Administration Building, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, to assist new registrants in filling out the forms properly.
“Interest in this year’s election is as high as I’ve ever seen it, but unless someone is registered by the 13th they will not be able to vote,” said Somerset County Board of Elections Administrator Jerry Midgette. “We will be on hand to help residents who need it, or they can register online with the new state tool unveiled last month.”
Per Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order 177, all active voters will be mailed 2020 General Election ballots automatically, and with certain exceptions as outlined below all voting will be done by mail. All active voters in Somerset County have been mailed ballots, and new voters who register before October 13, will automatically receive ballots and do not need to file a ballot application.
The online tool for registering to vote is available at http://bit.ly/NJVoterRegistration and printable applications are available at http://bit.ly/VoterApplication2020 but must be postmarked by October 13, to participate in the November 3 election.
To be eligible to vote a resident must be an American citizen, 18 years old as of Election Day on November 3, and have lived at their present address for 30 or more days.
On October 5, the Somerset County opened a portion of its Administration Building in Somerville, NJ, for voters to meet with staff from the Board of Elections and Clerk’s Office for issues related to the 2020 election. The building has been closed to the pubic since early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the exception of certain appointments.
Residents who wish to register to vote, request a replacement ballot in the event their ballot is lost or damaged, or to submit their ballot directly to the Board of Elections can do so from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays – including on the Columbus Day Holiday, October 12 – with the hours extended until 9 p.m. on October 13th.
Somerset County has produced video voting tutorials to ensure voters can complete their ballot correctly and a comprehensive FAQ on the 2020 General Election at http://bit.ly/VoterFAQ2020
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