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Posted on: October 9, 2018

Changes to state law effect voting

Highland Park residents have expressed concern and confusion about a recent change in state law, that impacts how some people will cast their ballots in elections.

The new state law, signed on August 10th by Governor Phil Murphy, directs that anyone who voted by mail-in ballot during the 2016 general election will automatically receive mail-in ballots for every election unless he or she opts out of receiving mail in ballots. Over 350,000 New Jersey State residents voted by mail-in-ballot in the 2016 election.

This rule change effects voting in the upcoming mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6th.

The opt-out period for this coming election cycle ended on September 17th. 

To opt out of receiving mail-in-ballots for future elections, Highland Park voters (who voted by mail-in ballot during the 2016 general election) should contact;
Elaine M. Flynn
Middlesex County Clerk
75 Bayard Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
732/745-4202
www.middlesexcountynj.gov

Voters enrolled to receive mail in ballots who try to vote at a polling place on Election Day will be asked to complete provisional ballots; they will not be eligible to use the electronic voting machines. The provisional ballots will be counted the same as those cast by the voting machines. 

For more information on this new law, please see:
https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2018/09/21/midterm-elections-2018-what-you-need-know-nj-mail-ballot-law/1373706002/
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