Vote-By-Mail Information

In June 2009 the "Vote-By-Mail" law was enacted, changing the rules for what was formerly known as the absentee ballot. First, the term "absentee" ballot has been replaced with the term “Vote-By-Mail" ballot, but there are additional changes affecting voters and the work that League members do.

What you need to know: 

  • You can vote with a "Mail-In" ballot for any reason.
  • Mail-In ballots are now good for a variety of durations. If you so choose, you may get a mail-in ballot:
    • for all elections to be held during the remainder of the calendar year, or
    • for all future November general elections until otherwise requested.

Authorized Messengers:

  • Cannot be a candidate in the election.
  • Must be a family member or a registered voter in that county.
  • Cannot serve as messenger or bearer for more than THREE (3) qualified voters per election.
  • Must sign each mail-in ballot application and show a photo ID in the presence of the County Clerk or County Clerk designee.
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Additional Vote-By-Mail Information

A voter may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot and mailing the application to their County Clerk up to 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election.

The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required.

Vote-by-Mail applications can be downloaded from the New Jersey Division of Elections website at and are available in the following languages: English and Spanish. Visit our Related Links box above on the right for additional details.

Additionally, the applications may be obtained at the Mercer County Connection office, located in the Hamilton Square Shopping Center at Route 33 and Paxson Avenue in Hamilton, and mailed in to the Office of the Mercer County Clerk.

For more information, or a Vote by Mail application, call 609-989-6494.

Primary Elections – held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June.  Polls are open from 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.  The purpose of the Primary Election is to nominate party candidates who will run in the General Election and elect party members of the State and County Committees.

General Elections – held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.  Polls open from 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.  The general election will determine who will be elected into office.

School Board Elections – School Board elections are now held in November at the General Election. School Board candidate information is available here.

Special Elections – held at various times throughout the year.  Please check your local newspapers for notification of any special elections.

Ballot Drawing and Placement - The County Clerk, or Deputy County Clerk in the Clerk’s absence, shall draw lots to determine which column the political parties shall occupy on the ballot.  The method and date of drawing is set forth in New Jersey statute and must be held at 3:00 pm in the afternoon of the eighty-fifth day prior to the day of the general election.  This drawing may be witnessed by “any legal voter of the County or municipality”.  N.J.S.A. 19:14-12.

For further assistance, please call 609-989-6494 or 609-989-6495.

Election Offices
For information on Voter Registration please call (609) 989-6750. Mail Voter Registration information to: 
Superintendent of Elections
640 S. Broad Street
PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650

For information on Vote by Mail Ballots please call (609) 989-6495 or (609) 989-6494. Mail Vote by Mail Applications to: 
Paula Sollami Covello, Esq.
Mercer County Clerk
240 West State St.
PO Box 8068
Trenton NJ 08650

Information, Timelines, and Deadlines
For additional information on Voter Information, Candidate Information, County Information, Election Information, Publications, Directions, and Contacts, please visit the Department of State - New Jersey Division of Elections at

Pursuant to P.L. 2014, c58 (effective January 1, 2015), candidates will no longer be required to file a duplicate copy of any campaign report with the county clerk.  In addition, each county will be required to provide a link to Election Law Enforcement's website ( for the purpose of providing public access to all campaign reports required to be reported with the Commission.

For information on Polling Places or becoming an Election Day Poll Worker please call (609) 989-6522.Mail address for Board of Elections is:    
Mercer County Board of Elections
640 S. Broad Street
PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650


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