Some Princeton area residents are still reporting that the U.S. Postal Service is sending them back the mail-in ballots they filled out and put in special return envelopes.
Three readers reported that their ballots were returned to them in the mail on Tuesday. One Princeton resident said he was told to drop his ballot off at the Mercer County ballot box in front of the municipal building at 400 Witherspoon Street by 8 p.m. He was told by a worker that there is still no guarantee his ballot will be counted.
But Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello said ballots that are placed in county ballot boxes before 8 p.m. will be counted. Voters can also cast provisional ballots at polling stations. The polls close at 8 p.m.
It is unclear why the U.S. Postal Service offices aren’t able to set up a system to make sure the ballots are not being re-delivered to voters. The Postal Service scanners are scanning the home addresses again instead of the address for the county board of elections. Postal workers are then delivering the returned ballots to voters instead of to the post office.
Ballot box locations:
-Princeton Municipal Building
-Hamilton Call Center – 5 Justice Samuel A Alito Jr Way, Hamilton
-Hopewell Township Administration Building in Hopewell
-Trenton- Courthouse Annex, 209 S. Broad Street, Trenton
-East Windsor Police Station, East Windsor