A Message From The Chair

This year remains the most consequential national election in our lifetimes, and it is crucial that, as we begin to “re-open” our State and our towns, that we turn focus on how to best ensure Democratic victories in November.  We have much work to do in our communities and for our future.  Stay strong and hopeful!

Mayor Janice S. Mironov
Mercer County Democratic Chairperson

May 21, 2020

Dear Fellow Democrat,

Hope everyone is finding their way through these new and different times, and staying healthy.

As you all know, the PRIMARY ELECTIONhas been moved by the Governor’s Executive Order No. 120, from Tuesday, June 2 to Tuesday, July 7.  All existing election deadlines will be calculated from the new date.  For example, the new deadline to Register to Vote in the Primary Election is June 16.

On May 15, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 144, regarding procedures for conduct of the July 7, 2020 Primary Election, generally as follows: 

  • Vote by Mail Ballots will automatically be sent to all “Active” registered Democrats and Republican voters without the need for an application to receive a vote-by-mail ballot.
  • Vote by Mail Applications (not ballot) will be sent to “Active” voters who are registered as “Unaffiliated” and “Inactive” Democrats, Republicans and Unaffiliated.  The final day to mail in an application to vote by mail is June 30. 
  • All vote-by-mail return envelopes and vote-by-mail applications shall have prepaid postage.
  • To the extent possible, each county shall procure at least 5 secure ballot drop boxes and place them in locations that are readily accessible to the registered voters within the county.
  • Each county shall open a minimum of at least 1 polling place in each municipality.Provided that sufficient poll workers are available, each county shall open a minimum of 50 percent of its polling places, and may open more than the minimum number of polling places.
  • Any voter who appears at a polling place on the day of the July 7 primary election shall vote via a provisional ballot, except that a voter with disabilities may vote on an ADA-accessible voting machine. 

Any registered voter also may walk into the County Clerk’s office, located at 209 South Broad St. in Trenton, until July 6 at 3 p.m. to obtain a mail-in ballot.

The NJ Democratic State Committee has provided some upcoming opportunities to begin thoughts for this year’s campaigns.
 
The Biden campaign is holding “Action Center Trainings” now through the election, with many available time slots.
https://www.mobilize.us/joebiden/event/149561/?referring_vol=369161&rname=Marilyn&share_context=event-detail-page-modal-chained-invite&share_medium=copy_link

How To Make Hard Asks For Volunteers, Thursday, 5/21, 8-9 PM ET (live)
https://traindemocrats.org/event/how-to-make-hard-asks-for-volunteers-05-21-2020/

How to Train The Trainers: Effective Communication in Virtual Trainings, Friday, 5/22, 1-2 PM ET (live)
https://traindemocrats.org/event/train-the-trainer-effective-communication-in-virtual-trainings/

This year remains the most consequential national election in our lifetimes, and it is crucial that, as we begin to “re-open” our State and our towns, that we turn focus on how to best ensure Democratic victories in November.  We have much work to do in our communities and for our future.  Stay strong and hopeful!

Sincerely,


Mayor Janice S. Mironov
Mercer County Democratic Chairperson