Contact Information:
Paula Sollami Covello
Mercer County Clerk
609-989-6465
psollamicovello@mercercounty.org

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello today reminded voters that a single 42-cent first class postage stamp is sufficient for mailing absentee ballots back to the Mercer County Board of Elections for tabulation.

Responding to inquiries from absentee voters in Mercer County asking how much postage to affix to the absentee ballot, County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello confirmed with US postal officials at the Trenton GMF - Central Mail Facility in Hamilton, that a 42-cent stamp would sufficiently get the 4-1/2 inch high by 10-1/4 inch long absentee ballot envelope to its destination. "Mercer County's absentee ballots are well within the size and weight limits, requiring only a single 42-cent stamp for delivery," said Clerk Paula Sollami Covello. "They fully conform to the First-Class Mail Shape-Based Pricing Template Notice 3-S, issued by the United States Postal Service," added Sollami Covello, after measuring and weighing them with regional postal officials today.

A registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Application and mailing the application to the Mercer County Clerk's Office up to 7 days prior to the election, October 28, 2008. A voter may also apply in person at the Mercer County Clerk's Office until 3:00 P.M., the day before the election. The County Clerk's office has received approximately 9,000 absentee ballot requests to date. All absentee ballots must be returned by mail or in person to The Mercer County Board of Elections located in the McDade Administration Building at 640 South Broad Street in Trenton.

To request an Absentee Ballot Application, voters can call 609-989-6495. Absentee ballot applications also are available on the web at http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/officials/clerk/services/elections.html in both English and Spanish. They are also available at the Mercer County Connection located in the Hamilton Square Shopping Center at Route 33 and Paxson Avenue in Hamilton Township. If applying in person, the Mercer County Clerk's Election Office is located on the second floor of the Old Courthouse at 209 South Broad Street in Trenton.