November 2, 2021 General Election Important Information
FIRST AND FOREMOST, you must be an 'active' registered voter by October 12, 2021 in order to vote in the November 2, 2021 General Election.
TIP - If you wish to ensure that you are an 'active' voter OR are disabled and can no longer sign your signature when voting, please reach out to the Mercer County Superintendent of Elections Office at (609) 989-6750 for further assistance.
SECONDLY, all registered voters in NJ who are currently not on the Vote by Mail list will automatically receive a Vote by Mail application through the mail. If you did not receive one, please verify that you are registered to vote or fill out the application here and return it to the Mercer County Clerk. This does not apply if you wish to vote at the polls. Mail-in Ballots will be mailed out to requesting applicants beginning September 18, 2021.
NEW – MERCER COUNTY VOTER ASSISTANCE HOTLINE
The Mercer County Clerk’s Office has instituted a Voter Hotline via phone and email (609-278-2719) (MercerVotes@mercercounty.org). Mercer County offers ballot instructions in English, Spanish, Gujarati, Polish, and Urdu. Please call or email Mercer County and they will mail or email them to you, whichever you prefer.
NEW - IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING
New tools are now in place to improve your voting experience in the November 2021 General Election. The State of New Jersey has implemented a NEW VOTER PAPER BALLOTING SYSTEM WITH A VERIFIABLE PAPER TRAIL for elections beginning November 2021. This new in-person early voting will be available during the nine-day period (Saturday, October 23 through Sunday, October 31) prior to General Election Day. This makes our state even more voter-friendly and strengthens our democracy by expanding opportunities to exercise your right to vote when it’s most convenient for your schedule. No matter where you live in Mercer County, you can cast your ballot at any of the eight (8) designated in-person early voting locations listed below:
HAMILTON - Courtyard Marriott, 530 Route 130
EAST WINDSOR - Mercer County Library, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor
EWING - Element Hotel, 1000 Sam Weinroth Rd East, Ewing
LAWRENCE - Mercer County Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike at Darrah Lane, Lawrence
PENNINGTON - Pennington Fire Department, 120 Broemel Place, Pennington
PRINCETON - Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton
WEST WINDSOR - Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, Conference Center
TRENTON - Cure Arena, 81 Hamilton Avenue, Gate C
If you usually cast your ballot by mail, but now want to use early in-person voting early, please be aware that you must have OPTED OUT of the Vote by Mail process with the Mercer County Clerk’s Office by August 31st. If you did not opt out, you may not use the early in-person voting method.
If you are a current Vote-by-Mail voter and did not opt out by August 31st, you may still vote in person by PROVISIONAL BALLOT at any Early Voting Site or on General Election Day instead of using the Vote by Mail method.
Vote by Mail-In Ballot Information
NEW – TRACK YOUR BALLOT
Voters can now track their vote by mail ballot through the Track My Ballot Portal. First time users need to create an account and will need either a Driver’s License Number, Last 4 digits of SSN, or Voter ID Number to validate voter registration status. (If you don’t know your Voter ID number, you can obtain it by going to "Am I Registered?" or contact your Superintendent of Elections or Commissioner of Registration). Your Voter ID number will also be on the ballot that you receive in the mail, so you can follow its progress to ensure that it was received.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING VIA MAIL-IN BALLOT
SEPTEMBER 22 THROUGH NOVEMBER 2, 2021
Mark the ballot(s) for your candidates using either blue or black ink.
Complete the Certificate of Mail-In Voter envelope and sign where indicated.
Insert the completed ballot in the Certificate of Mail-In Voter envelope and seal it.
Insert the Certificate of Mail-Voter Envelope into the Return Envelope.
Seal the Return Envelope.
Return your ballot using one of the options below:
Option 1. Via U.S. Mail (postage pre-paid): Must be postmarked on or before 8:00 p.m. November 2 and be received by the Mercer County Board of Elections Office on or before November 8.
Option 2. Drop in one of the County Secure Ballot Drop Box: Place it in any one of Mercer County’s secure Ballot Drop Boxes (See List Below) by 8:00 p.m. on November 2.
The County Board of Elections will pick up these ballots. Here is a Full list of Mercer County Secure Ballot Box locations for you to deposit your ballots beginning Wednesday, September 22nd.
Option 3. Hand Deliver to Mercer County Board of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on November 2. (930 Spruce Street, Lawrence Township, NJ)
TIP Your Vote by Mail Ballot CANNOT be returned to an In-Person Early Voting Poll Location or your Election Day Poll Location.
TIP If you are a current Vote-by-Mail voter and did not opt out by August 31st, you may still vote in person by Provisional Ballot at any Early Voting site or on Election Day instead of voting using the mail in ballot.
VOTE BY MAIL - DROP BOX LOCATIONS
East Windsor Municipal Court Building, 80 One Mile Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520 (Front)
Ewing Municipal Building – 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ 08628 (Front)
Mercer County Office Park/Extension Services - 1440 Parkside Ave., Ewing NJ 08638 (Front of Entrance)
TCNJ Administrative Services Building - 1872 Pennington Rd., Ewing NJ 08618 (Front of campus side)
Hamilton Golf/Call Center – 5 Justice Samuel A. Alito Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619
Hamilton Municipal Building – 2090 Greenwood Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08609 (West Side)
Nottingham Firehouse – 200 Mercer Street, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690 (Right side of building)
Hightstown Firehouse #1 – 140 N. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520 (Front of building)
Hopewell Township Administration Building – 201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560 (Main Entrance of Building)
Lawrence Municipal Building – 2207 Lawrenceville Rd, (Route 206) Lawrence, NJ 08648 (North Side, Right Side of the Municipal Building)
Mercer County Board of Elections - 930 Spruce St, Lawrence NJ 08648 (Front Entrance)
Princeton Municipal Building – 400 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08540 (Front of building facing Witherspoon St)
Princeton University- Princeton University Dinky Station/Wawa, 152 Alexander Street, Princeton NJ 08540 (On the Circle)
Robbinsville Municipal Building, 2298 NJ-33, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 (In back parking lot of the Municipal Bldg.)
Mercer County Clerk's Office - Courthouse Annex – 209 S. Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 (in front)
Trenton City Hall – 319 E. State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 (Rear of the building, near City Clerk's Office)
Henry J. Austin Center – 321 N. Warren St., 08618 (Corner of Tucker)
Trenton Central High School– 400 Chambers Street 08609 (across from McDonald's)
Mercer County Community College - 1200 Old Trenton Rd, Princeton Junction NJ 08550 (Around left side in the back by the Fine Arts Building)
West Windsor Municipal Complex, 271 Clarksville Rd, West Windsor, NJ 08550 (Between the Municipal building and the Senior Center)
NEW In-Person Early Voting
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING VIA IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING
OCTOBER 23 THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2021
Monday-Saturday 10:00 am to 8:00pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Enter the polling place and sign the electronic poll book.
- Receive a voting authority slip as well as an electronic card in order to record your vote.
- Insert the electronic card into the voting machine. Select your choices. Review and verify your selections before submitting. Press the VOTE button to receive a paper copy of your selections.
- Proceed to the Ballot Marking Device and provide your voting authority slip to the poll worker near the ballot scanner. Place your ballot in the device for scanning. The scanner will read the ballot and deposit it into a secure internal compartment within the device. Wait until the device indicate the ballot has been accepted by displaying a "Ballot Successfully Cast" message before leaving the polling place.
In-Person Voting (Nov. 2)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING ON ELECTION DAY
NOVEMBER 2, 2021
- Enter the polling place and sign the electronic poll book.
- Receive a voting authority slip, permanent marker, and a pre-printed ballot.
- Proceed to the privacy voting booth and mark your selections using the provided marker. Review and verify your selections.
- Proceed to the ADA compliant Ballot Scanning Device and provide your voting authority slip to the poll worker located near the Ballot Scanning Device. Insert your ballot in any direction for scanning. The scanner will read your ballot and deposit it into a secure internal compartment within the device. Wait until the device indicates that the ballot has been accepted by displaying a "Ballot Successfully Cast" message before leaving the polling place.
TIPS for Ease of Voting on Election Day
If you come in person, be sure to remember your District Number as recorded on your sample ballot. This will help ensure that social distancing requirements are met and a quicker voting process.
It is always a good idea to bring identification and proof of address with you when you go to vote, especially if you are voting for the first time. If you registered by mail, you may need to bring a photo ID, utility bill, paycheck, or other document showing your name and address.
The process will be slightly different if you use Early Voting from voting on Election Day. Please note in the descriptions above.