BOARD OF ELECTIONS ADDS 14 POLL LOCATIONS AND 8 BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATIONS FOR THE NOVEMBER 3RD GENERAL ELECTION
Voters will be able to drop off their Vote by Mail ballot at one of the ballot drop box locations beginning the week of September 28, 2020. These ballot drop boxes will be available 24 hours daily for ballot drop off by the voter or authorized Bearer until 8:00 PM on November 3, 2020. The ballot drop boxes will be under video surveillance at all times.
“Voters will have three choices in which to return their ballots to the Board of Elections,” said Midgette. “They can use the United States Postal Service, one of the county’s 13 ballot drop boxes, and this November for the first time will be allowed to deliver their own ballot to their assigned poll location on Election Day.
“Voters will be required to sign a certification that the ballot being delivered to the poll is their own ballot and Poll Workers will only be permitted to accept the ballot of the person signing the certification,” said Midgette.
Please be reminded that for bearers (persons delivering a ballot for another voter to the US Postal Service or a ballot drop box):
- One must complete the Bearer Portion of the outer envelope in the presence of the voter. This applies whether the bearer is mailing the ballot, delivering it in person or dropping it in one of Somerset County’s drop boxes.
- One may serve as bearer for up to 3 voters in a single election. This includes any combination of ballots delivered in person or put in the mail or drop box. Delivering one’s own ballot does not count toward the limit of 3.
- Candidates for elected office may not act as bearers.
“To minimize confusion and ensure your vote will count in this November 3, 2020 General Election, all voters are urged to vote as early as possible and follow the guidance as set forth in this announcement for returning a Vote by Mail Ballot to the Board of Elections,” said Midgette.
“In addition, if you returned your voted ballot to the Board of Elections, you should not go to the polls and vote a Provisional Ballot also. It is against the law and you could be prosecuted for committing a felony,” said Midgette.
“Somerset County voters are reminded that ballots must be received by the Board of Elections by the close of polls on Election Day at 8:00 p.m. Ballots that are post-marked by November 3rd can be counted if they are received no later than 8:00pm on November 9, 2020” said Midgette. “In addition, for this election, ballots received from the United States Postal Service within 48 hours after November 3rd without a postmark can also be counted.
The Somerset County Board of Elections office is currently not open to the public due to the Coronavirus. However, ballots can be dropped off at the ballot drop box located at the front entrance to the County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. Election Board staff can be reached by phone at 908-231-7084 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. The office is located on the first floor of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St., Somerville.