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Are You Registered to Vote?

October 13, 2020

Check your voter registration status at if you are not sure if you are registered. If you aren’t registered, you can register at Today is the last day to register to vote to be eligible to vote in the November 3rd General Election.

Registered to vote, but haven’t received your Vote By Mail ballot yet?Please sign up for an account at to track your ballot at and see when it was mailed to you. If it shows as sent and has been more than 8 days since sent, please contact the Union County Clerk at 908-527-4996. Please note that newly registered voters or voters with recent address changes will have ballots mailed around October 20th.

Please check for answers to other questions you have about voting in the 2020 General Election.

All Union County Vote By Mail Ballots Have Been Mailed!

October 5, 2020

ALL registered voters have now been sent their Vote By Mail Ballot for the 2020 General Election. PLEASE check your mailbox for your ballot. Did you receive your Vote By Mail Ballot and need help filling it out? Are you concerned that you have not yet received your ballot? Do you know where and how to return your ballot? Please visit for answers to all your Vote by Mail questions.

Remember, you will NOT be able to vote at your polling location on a voting machine on Election Day (with a few exceptions for those with disabilities). Please educate yourself on how to make your vote count!

Vote By Mail ballots have hit Westfield mailboxes!

October 3, 2020

Most registered Westfield voters should receive their Vote By Mail ballots in today or Monday’s mail. Please check your mail! 

This is what your ballot will look like.  Don’t throw it away!  You will use it to vote in the 2020 General Election.  

Please visit for answers to frequently asked questions about Voting By Mail.


Do not throw anything away.  Keep all the contents of your Vote By Mail package together.  

Written instructions for completing your Vote By Mail ballot

Video instructions for completing your Vote By Mail ballot

Make sure you are registered to vote.
Check your voter registration status with the NJ Division of Elections.

If you are not registered to vote, register to vote by October 13th to be eligible to cast a ballot in this year’s General Election.

If you have recently moved or need to update your address, contact the Clerk’s office right away: 908-527-4787.

Request a duplicate ballot.
If your voter registration information is correct and you do not receive your ballot by October 13th, immediately request a duplicate from the Clerk’s office: 908-527-4787.

We strongly recommend that you register with the New Jersey Voter Registration System so that you can ensure that your ballot has been received and accepted by the Division of Elections.

You will need your voter ID number to track your ballot.  If you don’t have your voter ID handy, please obtain it using this link.   

Please visit for answers to frequently asked questions about Voting By Mail.

You can also email us at [email protected] or join our mailing list.

Will I be permitted to vote in-person on the voting machine if I go to my polling place on November 3rd?

October 2, 2020

NO. You will NOT be permitted to vote on the machine if you go to your polling place.  Voters who appear at the polling location will be permitted to vote ONLY on a Provisional Paper Ballot. A Provisional Paper Ballot is similar to voting on your VBM Ballot but requires that you wait in line to receive a ballot from a poll worker.  An ADA-compliant voting machine will be available, however, for persons with disabilities which prevent them from voting on a paper ballot. Such voter must certify on an affidavit that they cannot vote on a paper ballot due to their disability.
We URGE you to use your Vote By Mail Ballot, as Provisional Paper Ballots are counted last and must be checked against the VBM Ballots that have already been cast before they are accepted.

SO… Keep an eye out for your ballot in the mail…

The office of the Union County Clerk is mailing ballots out in waves town-by-town, alphabetically. Westfield ballots will be some of the last to be mailed. All ballots will be mailed out by October 5.  

If you do not receive your ballot by October 13, please contact the Union County Clerk at 908-527-4996.

PLEASE watch THIS VIDEO for instructions on how to complete your Vote By Mail Ballot.

The 2020 General Election is Almost Entirely Vote By Mail

September 24, 2020

Ballots for all registered voters have begun being mailed in Union County. EVERY registered voter in NJ will be receiving a mail-in ballot, whether or not it was requested. Westfield residents should expect to receive their ballots in the next 2 weeks.

We recommend that you complete your ballot as soon as it is received and deliver it to the secure ballot box in Westfield located at the Fraser Building on 300 North Avenue. Ballots can also be returned to any ballot box in the county (see for the full list of secure ballot box locations), to the Union County Clerk’s Office or Board of Elections, via the U.S. Mail, or turned into your polling location on Election Day. Votes cast in person at your polling location on Election Day will be provisional ballots (with the exception of ADA compliant machines for the disabled), which can take weeks to certify. Please don’t discard your ballot when it arrives!

For more information please visit:, the Union County Board of Elections Website, or the Westfield General Election Information webpage for more details and information regarding WHERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE in this primarily vote by mail election. Don’t wait until November 3rd!

Please join us for a Virtual Wine Tasting Fundraising Event

September 18, 2020

Hosted by Old York Cellars Winery on Thursday, October 15, 2020, from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm

To participate register at:

Registration includes:

3 bottles of wine (red, white, blush)

1 box of chocolate wafers

Sommelier instruction via Zoom

$75 per Tasting Kit (per couple)

Please register by October 9, 2020 to guarantee home delivery of your tasting kit and select “pick up” at checkout

There is Still Time to Register to Vote!

September 16, 2020

You must register by October 13th to vote in this year’s General Election. When you register you can declare your Republican affiliation- All are Welcome! You can find all the necessary info and forms on the Union County Board of Elections website.

Every registered voter in New Jersey will receive a Vote By Mail Ballot. You can register to track your ballot through the NJ Votes Voter Information System website. Voters in Union County will begin to receive their ballots in the mail in early October.

Stay informed. This year’s election will be different than any other election. Please follow us on FacebookInstagram, and/or Twitter and join our mailing list to get the latest alerts and information about the election.

Bramnick tries to limit Murphy’s power during Assembly session

June 18, 2020

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick pushed to increase transparency and balance in government at Thursday’s Assembly session by calling to move legislation requiring the legislature to review and approve executive orders issued during a state of emergency after 14 days.“Unfortunately, the present state of emergency continues without transparency or review by the state Assembly,” said Bramnick. “I do not question the motives of Governor Murphy, but I am very concerned that we do not have open hearings and discussions regarding reopening the state. This extended emergency needs to be reviewed in the people’s house. The media, Senate President Sweeney and my caucus continue to demand the data the governor is using to make decisions. Unfortunately the majority party voted the law down and the decision making process remains private and behind closed doors.”

Hands Off Our Houses

June 17, 2020

Maybe you’re like me, and thousands of other Westfield homeowners.  You own a typical 1920s or earlier Colonial, or Tudor, or Cape.  It has been updated and well-maintained over the years, but it doesn’t include many of the amenities that current homebuyers demand.  For example, it has a detached garage, no open floor plan, and no first floor powder room or guest bedroom.

If we were to put our house on the market, we certainly would attract buyers.  But given our homes’ somewhat dated style, those buyers may not be willing to pay as much as, say, a builder, who would replace the house with new construction containing everything today’s buyers expect, and could do so while complying with all applicable zoning rules.

This free-market evolution of housing has been going on for centuries, and it is a healthy way for a town’s housing supply to continue to meet demand, keeping the community fresh and flourishing.  The Brindle Administration, however, is changing that.

Mayor Brindle’s new historic preservation ordinance automatically prevents any house in Town built before 1930 (a date covering one-third of all Westfield homes) from being replaced unless the Town consents.  So if the highest offer for my (or your) 1920s or earlier home is from a builder who intends to replace it with a new, more saleable house, that offer can only be accepted if the Town says so.

It does not matter that the house may look nothing like it did 90 or more years ago, or that a new house could be built strictly within existing zoning laws, or that I (or you) might lose hundreds of thousands of dollars on the higher offer.  The Town can unilaterally say “no sale.”  The Town also can change the arbitrary 1930 date anytime in the future to 1940, 1960, or even 1980.

The Brindle Administration’s new historic preservation ordinance is a remarkable assault on private property rights, and I commend Councilman Mark LoGrippo for voting against it.  Unless other Council members join him, not only will the Town be able to declare our houses and neighborhoods to be historic without our consent, thereby preventing us from making any exterior changes, but potentially thousands of Westfield residents, including retirees, will have less of an opportunity to maximize the return on their real estate investment because the Town can prevent them from accepting the highest offer for their home.

I hope you will join me in opposing this unfair and unacceptable government overreach, and telling the Mayor and Council to keep their hands off our houses.

Sam Della Fera

An Important Op-Ed from Senator Tom Kean Jr.

June 16, 2020