Vote 2020

 

Voting is one of our greatest responsibilities as citizens of the United States. Please use this nonpartisan tool to help you prepare to vote in the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election.

Voter Registration | Vote By Mail | Learn About the Candidates | Fact Checking | Additional Resources | Programs & Important Dates

 To find voting resources for children, visit Kids Vote 2020.


Register to Vote

Voter Registration

You must be registered by Oct. 13, 2020, in order to be eligible to vote in the General Election on Nov. 3.

Register online now or check to see if you are already registered.

Prefer to register by mail? Download registration applications and view this guide to help you complete your voter registration application:

To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • At least 17 years old, but you may not vote until you reach the age of 18
  • A resident of the county for 30 days before the election
  • A person not serving a sentence of incarceration as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state of the United States (Restoration of voting rights after a felony conviction)

Voting Security: Learn about the steps being taken by the Department of State and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to protect the vote, including 2020 election initiatives, safeguarding and resiliency measures, and threat mitigation efforts.


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Vote By Mail

Due to COVID-19, Gov. Murphy issued Executive Order No 177 to protect public health by mailing every active registered voter a mail-in ballot in advance of the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election. All voters, regardless of party affiliation, will receive ballots with prepaid return postage. Sample ballots will not be sent this year.

Video: How to vote by mail

Track your mail-in ballot

Find a drop box: In addition to mailing ballots, voters will have the option of placing their ballots in secure drop boxes, which are supplied locally by the Mercer County Board of Elections. The nearest drop box to the Sands Library Building is located at the Princeton Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon St., Princeton, New Jersey. Additional drop boxes are located throughout Mercer County. Drop boxes will be open beginning in Oct. 2020, until Nov. 3,  2020, at 8 p.m.

Postmark deadline: All ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 3, 2020, to be counted as valid by the County Clerk.

In-person polling locations: There will be a limited number of polling places available, with at least one in each municipality. Voters who go to the polls will be able to vote by provisional (paper) ballot or in a voting machine (only if the voter is disabled). For additional information on polling locations or becoming a poll worker, either follow this link or contact the Mercer County Board of Elections at (609) 989-6522.


Candidates

Learn About the Candidates

U.S. President
Donald J. Trump, Republican Party, Incumbent | Campaign Website
Joe Biden, Democratic Party | Campaign Website
Don Blankenship, Constitution Party | Campaign Website
Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, The Alliance Party | Campaign Website
Bill Hamons, Unity Party | Campaign Website
Howie Hawkins, Green Party | Campaign Website
Jo Jorgenson, Libertarian Party | Campaign Website
Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation | Campaign Website
4 year term, vote for one
U.S. Senate, New Jersey
Cory Booker, Democratic Party, Incumbent | Campaign Website
Rikin “Rik” Mehta, Republican Party | Campaign Website
Daniel Burke, Larouche Was Right Party | Campaign Website
Veronica Fernandez, Of, By, For! Party | Campaign Website
Madelyn R. Hoffman, Green Party | Campaign Website
6 year term, vote for one
U.S. House, New Jersey District 12
Bonnie Watson Coleman, Democratic Party, Incumbent | Campaign Website
Mark Razzoli, Republican Party | Campaign Website
Kenneth J. Cody, Truth Vision Hope Party | Campaign Website
Edward “NJ Weedman” Forchion, Independent | Personal Website
2 year term, vote for one
Public Questions
Public Question (SCR183) Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Marijuana | English | Español | Gujarati | Korean
Public Question (ACR253) Constitutional Amendment for a Property Tax Deduction and Exemption for Peacetime Veterans | English | Español | Gujarati | Korean
Public Question (SCR123, ACR 188) Constitutional Amendment To Change the Legislative Redistricting Schedule If Census Data Is Delayed | English | Español | Gujarati | Korean
Vote yes or no
Mercer County Sheriff
Bryan “Bucky” Boccanfuso, Republican | LinkedIn
John A. “Jack” Kemler, Democrat | LinkedIn
3 year term, vote for one
County Clerk
Paula Sollami Covello, Democrat | LinkedIn
No Republican nomination made
5 year term, vote for one
Board of Chosen Freeholders
Lucylle R.S. Walter | More info
John A. Cimino | LinkedIn
No Republican nomination made
3 year term, vote for two
Mayor, Municipality of Princeton
Mark Freda | LinkedIn
No Republican nomination made
4 year term, vote for one
Council, Municipality of Princeton
David Cohen | LinkedIn
Leticia Fraga | LinkedIn
No Republican nomination made
2 year term, vote for two
Princeton Public Schools, Board of Education
Adam Bierman, Excellent Affordable Schools | LinkedIn
Michele L. Tuck-Ponder, Experience. Independence. Integrity. | LinkedIn
Beth A. Behrend, For Our Kids | LinkedIn
Hendricks S. Davis |LinkedIn
Jean Y. Durbin | LinkedIn
Paul M. Johnson, Diversity, Affordability, Trust | More info
Karen Lemon, Diversity, Affordability, Trust | More info
William “Bill” Hare, Diversity, Affordability, Trust |LinkedIn
3 year term, vote for three

For additional non-partisan information on candidates running for local office, visit the Princeton Perspectives online magazine’s October 2020 issue, which features the guide: 2020 Elections: Everything You Need to Know to Vote Locally & Informed.


Check

Fact Checking

It is important to find accurate, credible, and authoritative information and be mindful of the existence of fake news stories. There are a number of freely accessible tools available to help you in your research.

Center for Public Integrity | Award-winning nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative journalism organization

factcheck.org | Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and focuses on national politics.

Politifact | Founded by the Tampa Bay Times and now operated by the Poynter Institute, PolitiFact is a nonpartisan fact checking  organization that focuses on national political figures.

 


Additional Resources

Ballotpedia | A nonpartisan information source that allows voters to see what will be on their ballots

Federal Elections Commission | Track campaign financing information for candidates as well as a searchable database for voters

GovTrack | Track federal legislation or see the voting and bill sponsorship records of Representatives and Senators

Kids Voting USA | Nonpartisan information for kids and resources for educators

Mercer County Elections | Local information for Mercer County, New Jersey

Mercer County Sample Ballots | Preview the ballot for Princeton and other towns in Mercer County

New Jersey Division of Elections Information Portal | Provides New Jersey information regarding the election

Princeton Perspectives | The October 2020 issue of the online magazine features a non-partisan, hyper-local guide to the 2020 election, with in-depth Board of Education candidate profiles and Q&As with the chairs of Princeton’s Democratic Municipal and Republican Committees.

Vote Smart | Search tools that allow you to research candidates and elected officials, voting records, and issues

Vote411 | A nonpartisan voter education site powered by the League of Women Voters


Programs and Important Dates

Sept. 22, 2020 National Voter Registration Day Registration information
Sept. 22, 2020 at noon Princeton Public Library Virtual Program: How to Register to Vote Watch replay
Oct. 5, 2020 at noon Princeton Public Library Virtual Program: Is Voting By Mail Safe? Sign up to attend
Oct. 7, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Princeton Public Library Virtual Program: The 2020 Ballot: What Do We Want – and Need – to Know Sign up to attend
Oct. 13, 2020 Voter Registration Deadline for General Election Check if you are registered
Oct. 19, 2020 at noon Princeton Public Library Virtual Program: How and Where to Vote Sign up to attend
Oct. 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Princeton Public Library Virtual Program: Who and What Will Likely Shape the Outcome of the Election? Sign up to attend
 Nov. 3, 2020 Election Day How to vote
Nov. 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Princeton Public Library Virtual Program: What Do the Election Results Mean for New Jersey? Sign up to attend

This page is compiled and maintained by library staff of the Princeton Public Library, in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area. Information may be updated as it becomes available. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.

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