10-21: Answers to Your Voting Questions, Covid Testing Locations, Blood Drive 11/04, Case Report

 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been three (3) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 10-19-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.

 


 

Answers to Your Voting Questions in 2020

By Donna Kukla, Montgomery Township Clerk

In response to the ongoing global health crisis, New Jersey has made changes to voting procedures for 2020, resulting in many questions being asked of my office. One of the most common questions is, “Can I vote as usual on Election Day?”

The short answer is “no.” Due to COVID-19 restrictions, every registered voter in New Jersey was provided a vote by mail ballot. Voting in person will be conducted via paper provisional ballot, and there will be no voting on a machine except for voters in need of assistance due to a disability.

The primary way to vote is using a vote by mail ballot submitted either by U.S. mail, or at one of 13 red, white, and blue ballot drop boxes in Somerset County, including at top of the front steps of the Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 US-206 in Belle Mead.

All registered voters should have received a vote by mail ballot by now. If your ballot is lost or damaged, you can request a replacement ballot in person (online requests closed 10-24-20) in the atrium of  the County Administration Building at 20 Grove Street in Somerville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, and on election day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Masks and practicing social distancing required.  More at: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/elected-officials/county-clerk/election-division/vote-by-mail/request-duplicate-ballot

On Election Day, November 3rd, voters can bring their vote by mail ballot to their designated polling place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. to hand to a polling worker, or they can cast a provisional paper ballot. There will be four polling locations open in Montgomery. It may not be your traditional voting location.

  • Central Jersey Masonic Center, 345 Kingston-River Road, Princeton (Dist. 1, 13, 18)
  • Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman (Dist. 2-4, 16, 19)
  • Montgomery Evangelical Free Church, 246 Griggstown Road, Belle Mead (Dist. 5, 6, 10-12, 17)
  • Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 2261 Route 206, Belle Mead (Dist. 7- 9, 14, 15)

You can look up your District Number and Polling Location at:  https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/polling-place-search

Red and white postcards listing the recipient’s 2020 Election polling location, as well as all ballot drop-box locations in the county, were mailed out last week to all registered voters by the Somerset County Clerks Office.

We also hear questions about the process for counting mail-in and provisional ballots.  As always, the Somerset County Board of Elections is responsible for counting all vote by mail and provisional ballots, regardless of how these ballots are submitted. The Board of Elections is made up of four members, two Republicans and two Democrats, who work together to ensure the vote count is accurate, transparent, and fair. Once they have counted the paper ballots, they submit the results to the County Clerk who adds in the machine vote from voters in need of assistance due to a disability, and then certifies the election.

The county clerk has issued answers to a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Get answers by clicking on the questions below.

When is the 2020 General Election?
How do I request a replacement Ballot?
Can I get in-person help with voting?
How do I track my ballot to be sure it is received?
Where are the drop boxes?
Can I vote in person?
Do I need to put a stamp on my ballot?
What if someone is no longer at my address?
Who will count my ballot?
Why does my signature matter?
How can I submit my Vote by Mail Ballot?
Who is eligible to cast a ballot?
What are the key dates for the 2020 Election?
How long will it take to get final Election Results?
Will a preliminary vote count be available?

If you still have election questions after reading the FAQs, the fastest way to get answers is to use the County’s SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS online form.  The County Clerk’s Office will answer within one business day.

(Above FAQs posted on the Montgomery Twp. website for your convenience, sourced from “The Somerset County 2020 General Elections Guide.”)

 


Where to go locally for Covid-19 Testing

Drive-up covid-19 testing is conducted free of charge most Thursdays at a public testing site run by the Somerset County Health Dept. at Raritan Valley Community College.  More info at below link.

There are also a number of pharmacies and commercial laboratories which offer testing.  There is a charge for testing at these locations, but it is often covered by health insurance.

For our local testing centers list, go to the testing page of the Montgomery Health Department’s COVID-19 section at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/


 

Montgomery EMS Blood Drive November 4th

 

Donate Blood and we will let you know, if you have the antibodies to help patients battling with Covid-19.


Wednesday, November 4, 2020  1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location – Montgomery EMS
8 Harlingen Road
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Meeting Room

APPOINTMENTS ONLY:  You may make an appointment using the link:

https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/52740

 

For more information or to schedule a donation, call 877-258-4825 or visit vitalant.org

Donor Guidelines:

* All Donors are required to WEAR A CLOTH BASED MASK OR FACE COVERING

* Weigh at least 110 lbs.

* Eat a meal before donation

* Bring ID

* Drink plenty of water before and after donation

For more information about Montgomery EMS, please visit mems47.org

Because of you, life doesn’t stop!

#VitalToLife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been three (3) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 10-19-20.

As of 9 are today, 10-21

Montgomery cases:  195
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

31       <20
28       20-29
17       30-39
32       40-49
42       50-59
25       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

201 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 186 presumed recovered

–     8 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/