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Voters can "Cure" Signature Issues on Ballots

Post Date:06/30/2020 8:41 AM

SOMERVILLE - Somerset County Election Board Administrator Jerry L. Midgette announced today that a Federal Judge signed a court order granting New Jersey voters an opportunity to correct (“Cure”) their signatures on the Mail-In Ballot Certificate Envelope and Provisional Ballot Affirmation Statements.

“Although the order only applies to the upcoming Primary Election on July 7, it is good news for New Jersey voters,” said Election Board Administrator Midgette. “Voters must now be given an opportunity to cure a deficiency before the Board of Elections rejects a voter’s ballot due to the lack of a signature or because the signature cannot be verified.”

The process of confirming each voter’s identity by comparing the signature on the Mail-In Ballot Certificate Envelope or Provisional Ballot Affirmation Statement to signatures captured in the voter’s registration record is commonly known as Signature Verification. This process greatly enhances the integrity of the ballot.  

To facilitate the court order, a Cure Form will be sent to applicable voters to complete, sign and return to the Board of Elections no later than Thursday, July 23. If the form is received in a timely manner with the required information verifying their identity, the voter’s ballot will be counted. To view a sample form, visit the county’s website at https://bit.ly/VBMSigVer  

Voters will be notified by the Board of Elections if they need to submit a Cure Form.  Required forms of identification can include their Driver’s License number, Motor Vehicle Commission Non-driver ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security number. If those forms of identification are not available, voters can attach a legible copy of a state-accepted form of identification, including a copy of a Sample Ballot which lists their name and address. 

“When properly administered, the Signature Verification process bolsters public trust in the election by confirming that returned mail-in and provisional ballots are legitimate,” said Administrator Midgette. “However, we want to avoid having to nullify votes because of a simple mistake or lack of a signature.”

The Somerset County Board of Elections office is currently not open to the public due to the Coronavirus. However, staff can be reached by phone at 908-231-7084 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. The office is located on the first floor of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St., Somerville.

For more information, visit the Somerset County Board of Election’s website at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/elections or contact us at (908) 231-7084 or electionbd@co.somerset.nj.us,

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