New NJ Law Lets Voters Receive Mail-In Ballots Automatically

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Published: August 30, 2018 @ 6:00 PM EDT

On August 10th, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed S-647 into law, which permits registered voters to receive mail-in ballots automatically for all elections under certain conditions.

This will allow voters to have the option of voting-by-mail without requiring to specifically request and vote-by-mail ballot every election. A voter can request to automatically receive mail-in ballots for all future elections or just the general, primary, municipal, or school board elections. Vote-By-Mail ballots will be sent to the voter until they request in writing to have the practice stop.

The new Vote-By-Mail applications will be available at the Roselle Park Borough Clerk’s office in the coming weeks. In the meantime, applications are available online as an Adobe Acrobat PDF at the Union County Votes website (link) or through the free mobile app “Union County Votes” (Apple Store) (Google Play). Voters can also request to have the application sent to them by clicking here.

“Ensuring free and fair local elections is a top priority for my office,” Roselle Park Borough Clerk Andrew Casais commented on the new law and its implementation, “A big part of making that a reality is having a great partnership with the County Clerk’s Office, which allows us to take proactive steps when laws like these change.”

Requests to receive Vote-By-Mail ballots must be received seven (7) days before any and all elections including Primary, General, and Special School elections. Any voter who fails to apply by the deadline may apply in person in the Election Office on any day up to 3 p.m. of the day before Election.