Contact Information:
Paula Sollami Covello
Mercer County Clerk
609-989-6998
psollamicovello@mercercounty.org

(Trenton, NJ) - As college students prepare for the start of the new school year, Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello reminds students to not delay requesting a Vote-By-Mail application for the upcoming Governor’s race if they cannot come home to vote in November. The 2009 Gubernatorial Election is predicted by many to create a surge in Vote-by-Mail ballot applications at the Mercer County Clerk’s office this year. “Do not wait until October to get your mail-in ballot application processed if you are going away to college. Do it now before you leave for college and avoid unnecessary delays,” said Sollami Covello.

“Do not put off requesting a mail-in ballot application for the upcoming Gubernatorial Election. It can be done with a simple telephone call or the click of a mouse,” said Sollami Covello. “In addition, if you have not done so already, do not wait until it is too late to register to vote. Both can be easily taken care of before you leave for college,” Sollami Covello added.  New voter registration is taking place throughout Mercer County right now, up to Tuesday, October 13, the last day to register to vote for the upcoming 2009 Gubernatorial Election.

For students away at college who cannot travel home to vote on Election Day, a Vote-by -Mail ballot is the perfect way to participate in this year’s election. “Eligible students simply complete a short application form now, and automatically receive an official ballot in the fall,” noted Sollami Covello. To vote by mail ballot in the upcoming Gubernatorial Election, Tuesday, October 27 is the last day to apply for a Vote-by-Mail ballot by mail. Sollami Covello urged college students to get motivated and not wait until the last week of October to request an application. “Applying for your ballot before you leave for college is smart. It gives students and their parents one less thing to worry about during the busy fall semester,” added Sollami Covello.

Voters interested in receiving a Vote-by-Mail application or a voter registration form, can call 609-989-6494 or 609-989-6465. Furthermore, all applications are available online at http://www.njelections.org/mail-in_doe.html in both English and Spanish, and can also be obtained at the Mercer County Connection located in the Hamilton Square Shopping Center at Route 33 and Paxson Avenue in Hamilton Township. The new Vote-By-Mail application is also available on the NJ Division of Elections website in additional languages including Chinese and Indian (Gujarati). To apply in person, the Mercer County Clerk’s Office is located in the Old Courthouse at 209 South Broad Street – Second Floor., in Trenton.