Category Archives: Elections

Elections 2020: Member Volunteers Needed

How to volunteer and other membership resources

  1. It is more important than ever that we all vote this year. You can find all the information you need including where to cast your ballot at  We are seeking volunteers to help with virtual phone banking with the Middlesex Somerset Central Labor Council. Phone banks will occur from Monday-Thursday, between 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    All phone banks will start with a brief training session over Zoom to familiarize participants with the virtual tools.Please contact Christine O’Connell ( with your availability and contact information. Any time you can give is much appreciated.
  2. Voter Information, resources and contactless volunteer opportunities

Union Endorsements 

  1. URA-AFT Endorsed Candidates and Ballot Questions
  2. Additional resources on public question #3:
    -Fair Districts New Jersey Analysis
    -Public Question #3 Interpretive Statement

Voting by Mail

(from AFL-CIO)

Election Overview: The Nov. 3, 2020, General Election will be conducted primarily by mail. Active voters do not need to apply for a VBM ballot. Postage pre-paid ballots will be mailed to all active voters from Sept. 19 through Oct. 5. Any new voter who registers on or before Oct. 13 will automatically receive a VBM ballot within 3 business days.

Voter Registration:
The voter registration deadline is still Oct. 13. Online voter registration begins Sept. 4. Starting this year, New Jersey allows people on probation or parole to register and vote.

Returning Voted VBM Ballots:
Voters can place their sealed ballots in U.S. postal system. Voters can place their sealed ballots in a secure and sanitized ballot drop box. To the extent possible, each county shall have at least 10 boxes in locations readily available to voters within the county. Voters can return their completed and sealed ballots to their designated polling place on Election Day (ID required).

Voting on Election Day:
Any voter who has not cast their ballot by mail may vote in person on Election Day by provisional ballot only (it may not be your usual polling place). Any voter who has not cast their ballot by mail may deliver their completed VBM ballot in person to their designated polling place on Election Day (it may not be your usual polling place). Voters with disabilities may vote in person on Election Day with special accommodations.

Get Out the Vote—and Eat Lunch at the Same Time

AFTNJ-Election-Maters-Button-newAn important mid-term election is right around the corner.   This time around, New Jersey is a battleground state. 

YourVoteCountsButton-150x150We’ll be sending postcards to union members from key congressional districts around the state to remind them about the important issues, and urge them to the polls on November 6. 

 Lunch will be provided, so we can stuff envelopes and stuff our faces all at the same time. 

 Won’t you join us? 

Friday, 10/19  12 noon-2pm, College Ave:  Food Court, Rutgers Student Center

Monday, 10/22  12 noon-2pm, Douglass: Room 313, Hickman Hall

Tuesday, 10/23  12:30–2:30pm, Livingston:  Room 215, Lucy Stone Hall

Wednesday, 10/24  12 noon-2pm, Knightsbridge:  Room 135B, 33 Knightsbridge Rd.

Thursday, 10/25  12 noon-2pm, Camden:  Room 102, Writer’s House 12 noon — 2 pm

Thursday, 10/25  12 noon-2pm, Busch:  Food Court, Busch Campus Center

Thursday, 10/25  12 noon-2pm, Newark: Room 139, Conklin Hall

Open to stewards, building reps, activists, and democracy nerds — This activity will be successful if you come AND BRING YOUR CO-WORKERS.

Spread the word, bring a new member.  This is not a candidate-based activity.

See you there!