Paula Sollami Covello
Mercer County Clerk
TRENTON, NJ - Mercer County Clerk, Paula Sollami Covello, today alerted new potential voters about a website offering to register voters for a fee. IWantToVote.com offers online voter registration services for a fee of $9.95.
The internet company has potential voters complete a simple voter registration form, using personal information submitted to its website. Then, the company mails the form for your signature and the applicant must mail it to the State for processing. "Basically, this service fills out your voter registration form for $10.00. This fee is excessive and unnecessary since the County Clerk's Office and all other government entities provide voter registration forms at no cost," said Sollami Covello. New potential voters in Mercer County may obtain a voter registration form, at anytime, at their convenience, directly from the Mercer County Clerk's Office.
"This is a waste of money. No voter needs to pay ten dollars to a private internet company to register to vote. It is regretful that a company would charge unknowing new voters, especially those in our internet savvy student populations, by offering a simple form that exists at the Mercer County Clerk's office for free," stated Sollami Covello.
Applications for voter registration can be obtained from the Mercer County Clerk, the Mercer County Superintendent, or from your local municipal clerk. Registration forms are also available in various State agencies and at Division of Motor Vehicle offices. New voters can also find a voter registration form, at no cost whatsoever, by visiting www.MercerCounty.org and going to the section labeled "County Clerk." A voter registration form is available on the website in both English and Spanish. The registrant can print the form and send the hard copy in for processing, free of any charges or fees. The registration deadline to vote in the next election is 21 days prior to Election Day.
Clerk Paula Sollami Covello, reminds citizens that, "Tuesday, October 14th is the last day to register to vote for the upcoming 2008 Presidential Election. To register, applicants must be U.S. citizens who will be 18 years of age and will have lived in the county where they intend to vote for 30 days prior Election Day."
New voters interested in obtaining a voter registration form in person may also visit the Mercer County Clerk's Elections Office, located on the 2nd Floor in the Old Courthouse at 209 South Broad Street, in Trenton from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or, the Mercer County Connection located in the at the Hamilton Square Shopping Center on Highway 33 & Paxson Avenue in Hamilton. The County Connection satellite office offers evening and Saturday hours for the convenience of Mercer County residents. New voters may also call the Mercer County Clerk's Office to have a voter registration form mailed to them. For information, call 609-989-6495.