EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — This general election East Brunswick voters have more than one way to cast their ballot. But these choices can be overwhelming.
As election day approaches, here's a look at who's on the ballot, how to vote and where to vote in East Brunswick.
What And Who Are On The Ballot?
Presidential race: Residents can either cast a write-in vote or choose, among the major parties, between Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, or Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden and US Sen. Kamala Harris. Also running are: Don Blankenship/William Mohr (Constitution Party); Howie Hawkins/Angela Nicole Walker (Green); Jo Jorgensen/Spike Cohen (Libertarian); Gloria La Riva/Sunil Freeman (Party for Socialism and Liberation); Roque De La Fuente/Darcy Richardson (The Alliance Party) and Bill Hammons/Eric Bodenstab (Unity Party).
US Congress: One US Senate seat will be contested: Incumbent Democrat Cory Booker will face Republican Rik Mehta. All 12 of the state's congressional seats will be decided. New Jersey's delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives is split between 10 Democrats and two Republicans heading into Election Day. See congressional races on your local ballot here.
Marijuana legalization/Ballot questions: Voters will decide whether to legalize the possession and use of marijuana. Voters will also decide whether to makes peacetime veterans eligible to receive the veterans' property tax deduction.
Also on the ballot is the race for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District, currently represented by Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman. She is being challenged by Mark Razzoli (R), Edward “NJ Weedman” Forchion and Kenneth Cody (Truth Vision Hope).
Middlesex County has four candidates vying for two seats on the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Democratic incumbents Charles Tomaro and Leslie Koppel are running against Republican challengers John M. Masculin and Andrew T. Politi.
Locally, East Brunswick has a mayor and town council race. Democratic incumbent Brad Cohen is running for a 4-year term as mayor. He is being challenged by Republican Jesal Amin. Sterley Stanley and Michael Spadafino are seeking their second, consecutive terms on the council. They are being challenged by Republicans Olga Miller and Suzanne Blum.
There are also three seats up for grabs on the East Brunswick Board of Education. Five candidates are running to fill these seats — Mark Carangelo, Susanna Chiu, Ashish Verma, Laurie Lachs and Todd Simmens.
The last date to register to vote in New Jersey was Oct. 13. Use the “Voter Search” tool to make sure your registration status is up to date. You can also use this link to find your voter id and sign up for the “Track My Ballot” tool. Click here: https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check
How to vote:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all registered voters in New Jersey will automatically receive a Vote By Mail ballot, as per Gov. Phil Murphy's Executive Order 177.
If you have not received your ballot yet, call the Office of the County Clerk in New Brunswick, Bayard Street on (732) 745 – 3827.
Those who choose to vote by mail can drop off their signed ballot in the secure drop box located at the East Brunswick Municipal Building, just outside the entrance to the police department.
This area is video monitored and the County Board of Elections will be picking up ballots daily.
If you are mailing your ballot back, it must be postmarked by Nov. 3. If using one of the County's secure drop boxes, or hand-delivering to the Board of Elections or at polling location, the ballot must be delivered by 8 p.m., Nov. 3.
Each person needs to drop off their own ballots.
Where Can I Vote?
East Brunswick residents can vote in the following locations on Nov.3.
Churchill Junior High School – District 5,8,13,15,18,19,20,29,32,33,35
Hammarskjold Middle School – District 2,6,12,16,17,21,24,28,37,38,40
Central Elementary School – District 1,3,7,9,11,25,26,30,31
Warnesdorfer Elementary School – District 4,10,14,22,23,27,34,36,39
If you don't know your voting district, call the clerk's office at 732-390-6850. You can also find your district number on the map found on the Township Clerk's page on the town website.
Here are the drop box locations in Middlesex County:
Thomas Deverin Community Center
100 Cooke Avenue, Carteret
Drop Box located inside the vestibule of the building.
Cranbury Police Department
1 Logan Dr, Cranbury
Drop Box located in front of police station.
Dunellen Public Library
100 New Market Rd, Dunellen
Drop Box located on sidewalk near entrance to library.
East Brunswick Municipal Complex
1 Civic Drive, East Brunswick
Drop box located between parking lot and East Brunswick Municipal Complex by police entrance.
Board of Elections Office
11 Kennedy Blvd, East Brunswick
Drop Box located in front of the entrance, under the tree.
Edison Municipal Complex
100 Municipal Blvd. Edison
Drop Box located Municipal Complex entrance outside under awning.
North Edison Library
777 Grove Ave, Edison
Drop Box located in front of library.
Middlesex County College
2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison
Drop Box located by College Center flagpole.
Helmetta Borough Hall
51 Main St, Helmetta
Drop Box located in front of Borough hall.
Highland Park Borough Hall
221 South Fifth Avenue, Highland Park
Drop Box in front of Borough hall.
Jamesburg Municipal Complex
131 Perrineville Road, Jamesburg
Drop box located within the parking lot, in the Safe Zone
Metuchen Municipal Complex
500 Main Street, Metuchen
Drop box located in back of parking Lot - by handicap parking lanes.
Middlesex Borough Hall
1200 Mountain Ave, Middlesex Borough
Drop Box located in the rear of townhall.
Milltown Municipal Complex
39 Washington Ave., Milltown
Drop box located at beginning of side entrance accessible from the parking lot. Slated as Safe Exchange Zone
Monroe Township Library
4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township
Drop Box located to the right of the entrance to the library.
County Administration Building
75 Bayard Street, New Brunswick
Drop box located in front of front entrance.
The Yard at Rutgers University
40 College Ave, New Brunswick
Drop box located to the right of the bus stop.
North Brunswick Township Hall
710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick
Drop Box located in front of Town Hall.
Old Bridge Township Municipal Complex
1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge
Drop Box located on the sidewalk nearest the curb in front of municipal building.
Perth Amboy Public Safety Complex
361 New Brunswick Ave, Perth Amboy
Drop box located between Municipal Court and Police Station; closer to police station entrance.
Piscataway Municipal Complex
455 Hoes Lane, Piscataway
Drop box located on walkway between municipal building and police station
20 Murray Ave, Piscataway
Drop Box located in front of library
Plainsboro Municipal Complex
641 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro
Drop box located in front of stairs to Municipal Building.
Sayreville Borough Hall
167 Main Street, Sayreville
Drop box located behind building, on the sidewalk (right side when facing the building)
Sayreville Water Department
3751 Bordentown Ave, Sayreville
Drop box located near entrance.
South Amboy Train Station
137 N. Broadway, South Amboy
Drop Box located on the curb in front of the train station across from Town Hall.
South Brunswick Municipal Building
540 Ridge Rd, Monmouth Junction
Drop box located in front of main building to the right of visitor parking.
South Brunswick Community Center Woodlot Park
124 New Road, Monmouth Junction
Drop Box located at walkway to front entrance.
South Plainfield Borough Hall
2480 Plainfield Ave, South Plainfield
Drop Box located in rear of Municipal building.
South River Administration Building
48 Washington St, South River
Drop Box located in front of Administration building.
Spotswood Municipal Building
77 Summerhill Rd, Spotswood
Drop Box located in front of Town Hall.
Woodbridge Municipal Building
1 Main St., Woodbridge
Drop Box is curbside. Adjacent to north side of main entrance stairs to Town Hall.
The boxes are under surveillance 24/7 and the Vote-By-Mail ballots (VBMs) will be picked up on a daily basis and brought to the Board of Elections.
Since the change to this year's election was announced by Murphy, there have been many questions about how the process will work. Below is some further reading on the Nov. 3 election process:
A primarily vote-by-mail election means a lot of changes to election day. See what you can expect this November.
Those not needing an ADA compliant booth will need a provisional ballot to vote in-person. Here is what that will look like.
There was language on the primary ballots asked voters certify they requested the ballot, even if they didn't.
Voters wondering how their signatures are checked before the upcoming election can see the process for themselves.
Need to register for the upcoming election? Want to track your vote once you do? Read on to learn how.
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