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Message from Mercer County Board of Elections:
"As of Thursday, March 19, 2020 the Board of Elections has postponed all Board worker training classes for the upcoming Primary Election until further notice. Please revisit site for future updates.
We are working toward keeping our board workers and constituents safe as we navigate the Covid-19 virus.
Thank you for your support and consideration."

Mercer County Committee

We are encouraging applicants who need to submit a Petition for County Committee to submit this via email ( Clerksoffice@princetonnj.gov )or fax (609-688-2031). If individuals want to hand in their petitions please call 609-924-5704 to indicate they will be coming to the building and enter through the Police Department, 1 Valley Rd. There will be a drop box in front of the Clerk's office for the Petition.

Nomination Petition to County Committee

Petition Filing Deadline for Primary Election:

March 30, 2020 before 4:00 p.m. to the Princeton Municipal Clerks Office, 400 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ 08540, 609-924-5704.

Nomination Petition to Local Office – Mayor and Council

Signature Requirements

Petitioner Affidavit 

Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Independent Candidates: 

July 7, 2020 before 4:00 p.m. to the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, 609-989-6494

Nomination Petition for Independent Candidates 

Signature Requirements

Voter Registration

Mail-in registration forms are available online or through the Princeton Clerk's Office 609-924-5704, when the offices re-open.

The deadline for registering to vote or changing your address before this year's July 7, 2020 Primary Election is June 16, 2020.

Vote by Mail

If you are going to be out of town or unavailable to vote on Election Day or wish to Vote by Mail, applications are available on line from the New Jersey Division of Elections.

The deadline to apply for a Vote by Mail Ballot by mail for the Primary Election is June 30, 2020. You may apply in person at the Mercer County Clerk’s Office up until July 6, 2020 at 3:00p.m.  

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Protect Public Health by Mailing Every Registered Voter a VBM Ballot or Application Ahead of the Primary Election

May 15, 2020

TRENTON – In an effort to protect all New Jersey voters from the spread of COVID-19,Governor Phil Murphy today signed an executive order to create a modified vote-by-mail election for the July 7th Primary. The order requires that each county's elections officials send vote-by-mail ballots to all registered Democratic and Republican voters and send VBM ballot applications to unaffiliated and inactive voters. All VBM ballots and VBM ballot applications will come with pre-paid postage.

"No one should have to choose between their health and exercising their right to vote," said Governor Murphy. "By providing vote-by-mail ballots and applications, New Jersey voters will be able to safely participate in our democracy as the pandemic continues to threaten our public health."

"As a state at the center of the COVID-19 crisis, New Jersey has to modify to our primary to ensure that our voters have access to free, fair, and safe elections," said Secretary of State Tahesha Way. "By providing every voter access to a vote by mail ballot, we are protecting our residents and democracy.As our state embarks on the road to recovery, voters will have the opportunity to choose our leaders without risking their health."

The order also requires opening a minimum of at least one polling place in each municipality, and provided that there are enough poll workers, a minimum of 50 percent of polling places in each county to provide New Jersey voters who may need access to in-person voting opportunities.Polling locations will be required to follow public health standards including ensuring six feet of distance, requiring poll workers to wear face coverings and gloves, frequent sanitization of high-touch areas, and providing sanitization materials to all individuals at a polling place.

Copy of Executive Order No. 144

Party Affiliation


If you wish to change your Party Affiliation for the Primary Election you must do so by May 13, 2020.  Change of Party Affiliation forms are available in our office or on line from the New Jersey Division of Elections and must be filed with the Mercer County Clerk's prior to the deadline.

All applications must be received at the Mercer County Clerk’s Office for processing.

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