MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — In addition to the presidential race, Middlesex County's two Congress representatives are up for re-election (Frank Pallone, Bonnie Watson-Coleman) and voters in New Jersey will be asked statewide questions such as whether they want to legalize marijuana and whether to make peacetime veterans eligible to receive the veterans' property tax deduction. For more on marijuana legalization, click here.
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).
Congress: One U.S. Senate seat is up for vote: Incumbent Democrat Cory Booker will face Republican Rik Mehta.
In Middlesex County, the area's longtime Congressman Frank Pallone, a Democrat, is also up for re-election. He is being challenged by Republican Christian Onuoha. Pallone represents the Middlesex County towns of Carteret, Edison, Highland Park, Metuchen, New Brunswick, part of Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, Sayreville, South Amboy, South Plainfield and Woodbridge.
Middlesex's other Congress rep, Bonnie Watson-Coleman, also a Democrat, is also up for re-election. She is being challenged by Mark Razzoli (Republican), Edward "NJ Weedman" Forchion and Kenneth Cody (Truth Vision Hope). This the battle for the 12th Congressional District and includes the towns of Cranbury, Dunellen, East Brunswick, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Middlesex, Milltown, Monroe Township, North Brunswick, Part of Old Bridge, Plainsboro, South Brunswick, South River and Spotswood.
How to vote: Due to COVID, Gov. Murphy ordered that the Nov. 3 presidential election be vote by mail in New Jersey.
You cannot machine vote at the polls on Nov. 3 unless you have a documented disability. Even if you go to the polls to vote, you will only be able to vote via a provisional ballot (paper ballot) and they count provisional ballots last, after all the mail-in and machine votes have been counted.
County clerks across New Jersey have said the best way to vote is drop your sealed ballot in a ballot drop box — Don't forget to sign it. Ballot drop boxes are collected and returned directly to the Middlesex ounty Board of Elections office. These ballots are only handled by designated Board of Elections representatives.
Here are all the ballot box locations in Middlesex County:
Woodbridge Twp. Municipal Building 1 Main St., Woodbridge Drop Box is curbside. Adjacent to north side of main entrance stairs to Town Hall.
Carteret 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.
Edison Municipal Complex 100 Municipal Blvd. Edison Drop Box located Municipal Complex entrance outside under awning.
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 Complex500 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.
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
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)
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 rear of Municipal building.
South Plainfield Borough Hall 2480 Plainfield Ave, South Plainfield Drop Box located in read 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.
Election date: Nov. 3
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Received by deadline: Nov. 10
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: