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Middlesex County offers multiple ways to vote in 2024 Primary Election

Post Date:05/10/2024

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Residents will again have multiple, convenient options for casting their vote in the June 2024 Primary Election. Those options include mailing ballots through the United States Postal Service (USPS); dropping a ballot in any of the 30+ secure drop boxes across the County; five days of in-person early voting at any of the 10 early vote locations in the County; or voting in person at their assigned polling location on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

ABOUT PRIMARY ELECTIONS

Primary elections allow voters who are registered to a political party, such as the Democratic Party or Republican Party, to select the candidates who will represent their party in the November General Election. To participate in the Primary Election, residents must be registered to vote in Middlesex County by Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

Unaffiliated voters who are registered to vote may choose to vote in either the Democratic Primary Election or the Republican Primary Election. If voting in person, either early or on Primary Election Day, an unaffiliated voter will declare their party affiliation at the polls before voting in the Primary Election. 

Due to new state law, only registered Democratic and Republican voters are eligible to receive a mail-in ballot for the Primary Election. Unaffiliated voters may still cast their vote for the primary election in person during early voting or on Primary Election Day June 4, 2024.  They will then be registered as a member of the party they cast their vote for from that point forward. Voters will have to submit a change of party affiliation form to become a registered unaffiliated voter again. If an unaffiliated voter would like to receive a mail-in ballot by mail for the 2024 Primary Election, they must declare their party affiliation with either the Democratic or Republican. A political affiliation declaration must be returned by May 28, 2024, to receive a mail-in ballot by mail or by 3 pm on June 3, 2024, to receive a mail-in ballot in-person.

Please be advised that due to a recent federal court order, the Democratic Primary Ballot is formatted in an office block layout, which is different than what has been used previously. The court order does not apply to the Republican Party and, therefore, the Republican ballot will remain unchanged.

Middlesex County has created a convenient, easy-to-use resource to learn about how to vote in the Primary Election. It can be found at middlesexcountynj.gov/vote

“Your vote is your voice, and Middlesex County is committed to making it as convenient as possible for residents to make their voice heard,” said Middlesex County Clerk Nancy J. Pinkin. “Whether you prefer the flexibility of early in-person voting, the convenience of Vote by Mail, or the traditional approach on Primary Election Day, we've ensured there are options that suit every voter's needs.”

HOW TO VOTE IN THE 2024 PRIMARY ELECTION

There are three ways to vote in the 2024 Primary Election:

  • Vote by Mail
  • In-person early voting locations will be open Wednesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 1 from 10 am-8 pm, or Sunday, June 2 from 10 am-6 pm. No appointment is necessary.
  • Registered voters may vote in person on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, June 4, 2024, by proceeding to their assigned polling location. Polling locations will be open from 6 am-8 pm.

VOTE BY MAIL

Registered voters who are not already on the permanent Vote by Mail list and wish to vote from the comfort of their home can submit a Mail-In Ballot request in writing by filling out a Mail-In Ballot Application found on the Middlesex County website. A physical signature is required.

The County Clerk's office must receive Mail-In Ballot Applications submitted by mail no later than seven days prior to Primary Election Day. For the June 2024 Primary Election, Mail-In Ballot Applications sent via mail must be received by the County Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, May 28.

Voters may apply for a Mail-In Ballot in person or by authorized messenger at the Office of the County Clerk in East Brunswick up to 3 pm on Monday, June 3 (the day before the election).

Voters can choose one of the following options to return their Mail-In ballot:

  • Mail the ballot through the United States Postal Service. Mail-In Ballots must be postmarked on or before 8 pm on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, June 4, 2024.
  • Take it directly to the Board of Elections’ Office, 26 Kennedy Boulevard, Suite B, East Brunswick by 8 pm on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, June 4, 2024.
  • Drop the ballot in a designated Middlesex County Board of Elections drop box by 8 pm on June 4, 2024
    • A list of drop boxes located in every municipality throughout the County can be found here on the County’s website. Drop boxes are maintained by the Middlesex County Board of Elections, are secure, and are monitored 24/7 by video surveillance. Ballots are collected from drop boxes on a regular basis.

VOTING EARLY IN-PERSON

Registered voters who have not requested a Mail-In Ballot may cast their ballot in person using a voting machine during a five-day Early Voting Period prior to Primary Election Day at any of the 10 early voting locations in Middlesex County. Voters can choose to vote in person when it is most convenient for their schedule.

A poll worker can scan a voter’s sample ballot or driver’s license, if the voter’s registration record includes their driver's license number, into the Electronic Pollbook to greatly expedite the check-in process.

In-person early voting locations will be open Wednesday, May 29 through Sunday, June 2 for the 2024 Primary Election. The hours will be Wednesday to Saturday, 10 am-8 pm, and Sunday 10 am-6 pm. No appointment is necessary.

In-person early voting polling sites are located in 10 municipalities throughout Middlesex County, including:

  • East Brunswick
  • Edison
  • Monroe
  • New Brunswick
  • Old Bridge
  • Perth Amboy
  • Piscataway
  • Sayreville
  • South Brunswick
  • Woodbridge

Vote-By-Mail Ballots CANNOT be returned to in-person early voting polling locations or Primary Election Day polling locations. 

Voters who receive a Mail-In Ballot but do not return their ballot may still vote in person by provisional ballot at an early voting location.

More information, including the addresses of early voting locations, can be found on your sample ballot or by going to middlesexcountynj.gov/vote and clicking on “Early Voting.”

VOTING IN PERSON ON PRIMARY ELECTION DAY

In-person voting is available to all registered voters in Middlesex County. Click here to find your assigned polling location for the upcoming Primary Election. A voter's assigned polling location can also be found in the top left corner of their sample ballot, which will be mailed the week prior to the Primary Election.

A poll worker can scan a voter’s sample ballot or driver’s license, if the voter’s registration record includes their driver's license number, into the Electronic Pollbook to greatly expedite the check-in process.

Voters who receive a Mail-In Ballot but do not return their ballot may still vote in person by provisional ballot at their assigned polling place on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, June 4.

Polls in New Jersey will be open from 6 am-8 pm on Primary Election Day.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES

  • The deadline to register for the 2024 Primary Election is May 14.
  • The deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by mail for the Primary Election is May 28.
  • The deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot in person is June 3 by 3 pm

For more information on how to register to vote, please visit middlesexcountynj.gov/vote.

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