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LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ — Tuesday is election day and Lawrence Township voters have more than one way to cast their ballot. Although this year's election is conducted primarily by mail, there are still options to make sure your vote is counted.
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).
Locally, Lawrenceville has three seats available on the Lawrence Board of Education. Nine candidates are running to fill these seats. The candidates are Tabitha Bellamy McKinley, Heather Camp, Jasmine Surti, Patricia Hendricks Farmer, Michele Bowes, Dana Drake, Cathy LeCompte, Olufunmilola Ladigbolu and Gregory G. Johnson.
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 Mercer County Clerk 609-989-6465 or email email@example.com.
Residents can also walk in to the Mercer County Clerk’s Office and request a mail-in ballot until Election Day at 8 p.m.
Lawrence residents can return their ballots through mail, drop them off at the secure ballot drop box, deliver the ballot in person to the county’s Board of Elections Office by 8 p.m. on Nov.3, or bring the ballot to the polling station on Nov. 3. by 8 p.m. Polling stations open at 6 a.m.
All ballots need to be postmarked Nov. 3, and received by Nov. 10.
Where Can I Vote?
Lawrence residents can vote at the following locations on Nov.3.
Lawrence Fire Co., 64 Phillips Ave.
Slackwood Fire Co.,21 Slack Ave.
Lawrence Rd Fire Co, 1252 Lawrence Rd
Project Freedom at Lawrence, 1 Freedom Blvd.
Lawrence Senior Center, 30 Darrah Ln East
Lawrence Square Village Clubhouse, 1 Reed Ct.
Additionally, you can also drop off your ballot at any one of secure drop boxes in Mercer County.
Here's a list of secure drop box locations:
East Windsor Police Station– 80 One Mile Road, East Windsor, NJ, 08520 (Municipal Court)
Ewing Municipal Building – 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ, 08628 (In Front)
Mercer County Board of Elections- 1440 Parkside Ave, Ewing, NJ 08638 (In front of building entrance along curb)
Hamilton Golf/Call Center – 5 Justice Samuel A. Alito Way, Hamilton, NJ, 08619
Hamilton Municipal Building – 2090 Greenwood Avenue, Hamilton, NJ, 08609 (Right side of Bldg.)
Nottingham Firehouse – 200 Mercer Street, Hamilton Square, NJ, 08690 (Right side of Bldg.)
Hightstown Firehouse #1 – 140 N. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ, 08520 (Front of Bldg.)
Hopewell Township Administration Building – 201 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Hopewell, NJ 08560 (at the intersection of Scotch Road)
Lawrence Municipal Building – 2207 Lawrenceville Rd, (Rt 206) Lawrence, NJ 08648 (North Side-Right Side of the Municipal Bldg.)
Princeton Municipal Building – 400 Witherspoon St., Princeton, NJ, 08540 (Front of Bldg. facing Witherspoon)
Robbinsville Municipal Building, 2298 NJ-33, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 (In back parking lot of Municipal Bldg.)
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 (In back/ near Municipal Clerk's Office)
Henry J. Austin Center – 321 N. Warren St, Trenton, NJ, 08618 (Corner of Tucker)
Trenton Central High School – 400 Chambers Street, Trenton, NJ, 08609 (across from McDonald’s)
West Windsor Municipal Complex, 271 Clarksville Rd, West Windsor, NJ,08550 (Between the Municipal building and the Senior Center)
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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