There Is Still Time to Request a Mail-in Ballot for the June 8 Primary
May 6, 2021
Unlike the 2020 elections where every voter received a ballot in the mail, only voters who request a ballot will receive one for the June 8 primary election. All others will be able to vote in person at their polling place as they have in previous years.
Voters may request a ballot at co.somerset.nj.us/vbm by Tuesday, June 1. Voters may also request a ballot in person at the clerk’s office at 20 Grove Street in Somerville until Monday, June 7 at 3 pm. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the clerk’s office is by appointment only, but people requesting a mail in ballot can come to the front desk and a staffer will come out to assist.
The Clerk’s Office will also have extended hours for voters to request ballots on Wednesday, June 2 until 6 pm and on Saturday, June 5 from 9 am to noon.
Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter said his office has mailed ballots to Somerset County voters who already made a request.
“This primary will seem more familiar than last year’s, with most people voting at a polling place instead of being required to mail in a ballot,” Peter said. “However, those casting vote-by-mail ballots will still be able to use the drop boxes distributed last year, mail in their ballots, or bring them to the Board of Elections in Somerville.”
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Voters who request mail-in-ballots can cast them by US Mail, at a drop box in Somerset County, or at the Board of Elections in Somerville.
Voters who have not affiliated with any party and have requested an absentee ballot will receive both a Republican and a Democratic primary ballot in the mail. These voters may vote one or neither ballot, but cannot vote both. If they decide to cast one of the ballots, they will then be affiliated with that party automatically.