This year’s General Election will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017. If you think you will not be in Westfield to vote that day, I urge you to consider voting before that date either by mail, or in person, using the “Mail-in Ballot.”

That’s right…You can get your ballot in person and vote that day at the Union County Clerk’s Office right in Westfield at the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Avenue (across the street from the Westfield Diner). The ballot you’ll be using is called a “Mail-in Ballot.” The Office is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 am to 7:30 pm, and Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm.

You can download a vote by mail application or you can apply by mail to receive a “Mail-in Ballot,” receive that ballot in the mail, and then mail the ballot in enough time that it is received by the Board of Elections in Elizabeth, NJ, by Election Day November 7. 

I have voted each of these ways. I did so in person at the Clerk’s Office for the Special Primary for U.S. Senate candidates in August 2013. In choosing either of the “Mail-In Ballot” methods, I understood that by sending in or handing in the application to vote using the “Mail In” ballot I could not go to the polls to vote on election day AND that, when I used the mailing method, I would have to mail my ballot a few days before Election Day so the ballot would arrive by Election Day.

We all hear that every vote counts but don’t always believe it’s true. However, in 2005 in Westfield one of the council races was decided by that single vote. Tom Bigosinski was trailing in the Fourth Ward council race by 18 votes after all of the machines were tallied. He lost the provisional ballot count. The vote by mail ballots put him over the top by one vote. He went on to serve Westfield's Fourth Ward with distinction. In the 2012 Presidential Election, President Obama won in Westfield because of the mail-in ballots.

Janice Siegel
Chair, Westfield Democratic Committee

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