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Special Restrictions for Voting in Person on Election Day, Tuesday November 3, 2020

Welcome to the
Union County
                      Board of Elections


November 3rd General Election Highlights

Below, please find highlights of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 177, which outlines how the November 3rd General Election will be administered:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Why can’t I vote on a machine?

    Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 177 calls for a primarily paper election amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Only persons with disabilities will be permitted to vote on an ADA compliant voting machine.

  • All ACTIVE, REGISTERED voters will AUTOMATICALLY receive a Vote by Mail (VBM) ballot.
  • 22 Secure Ballot Drop Boxes are available countywide for voters to return their Vote by Mail Ballots – View locations

  • Poll Locations will have provisional ballot voting only – except ADA Compliant machines for the disabled. 

  • Polling locations have been consolidated.  Voters can check our website for a complete list.
  • Voters can deliver VBMs to poll workers on Election Day. Voters will stand in line att their designated polling location, sign a log book then the poll worker will deposit their ballot into a secure transfer case.
  • If a voter opts to mail their ballot, Vote by Mails (VBMs) MUST have a postmark on or before election day and received by our office within 7 days.  Ballots WITHOUT a post mark will be counted if they are received within 2 days of Election Day.
  • The same provisions relative to one location per municipality and at least 50% of locations in a regular election, for polling locations in the Primary Election are the same but some locations will likely change.
  • Voters can deliver VBMs to poll workers on Election Day.

Voters may also deliver their ballot in person at the following offices.  In person delivery requires a NJ driver’s license or NJ issued ID.

  • Union County Board of Elections, 271 North Broad Street, Elizabeth
  • Union County Clerk’s Office, 2 Broad Street, Room 113, Elizabeth
  • Union County Clerk’s Office, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield

Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado featured on NJTV


Go To: Union County Votes Official Website for more information-

2020 Voting / Election Information

The following website will take you directly to the

NJ Voter Portal


You can look up if you are registered, you can track your ballot; did it get sent to you, was it received back, etc.


The picture on the left is what the official NJ Election Ballot drop box looks like, the one for Scotch Plains is located in front of our library: 1927 Bartle Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.


Ballots can be dropped off now until Election Day, November, 3, 2020, 8:00PM in this drop box. 

Please remember to properly wear your mask!

MV Theft and Thefts from MVs Continuing!

Message from Acting Prosecutor Ruotollo:

Click on this link for a safety video.


We had one MV theft and several other vehicles entered in the area of Woodside Road (in the area of Hetfield Avenue, Meadowview Road, Hill Top Road/Aldene Avenue). Please lock all of the doors; car as well as your house doors! The suspects are becoming more brazen and are entering houses as well. The times of the occurrences are mostly during the early morning hours (2-4am). If you see or hear anything, please call the SPPD immediately! Call 9-1-1 if t is an emergency or (908) 322-7100 ext. 0 if you want to report any non-emergency issues. If you notice motion activated lights going on, dogs barking during these hours, please call us so we can check the area out. 

Online Reporting System


Welcome to the Scotch Plains Police Department Desk Officer Reporting System (DORS) Online Reporting.


**If this is an Emergency please call 911**.


Using this online citizen police report system allows you to submit a report immediately and print a copy of the police report for free. Please confirm the following to find out if online citizen police report filing is right for you:

  • This is not an Emergency?
  • This incident occurred within the Scotch Plains Police Department Township limits?
  • There are No Known suspects?
  • This did not occur on a State Highway?
If you answered yes to all of the above questions, you are ready to file your report online. Please make sure to turn off your pop-up blocking software before filing the report. If you answered no to any of the questions please look at our Online Citizen Police Report Frequently Asked Questions section (use download section below, Online Reporting Frequently Asked Questions, hyperlink no working).

Upon completion of this report process you will:

  • See the words: "Your online police report has been submitted" showing that your police report is complete.
  • Be given a police report incident number.
  • Be able to print a copy of the police report to keep for your records.
Please Note:
  • All incidents filed using the Citizens Online Police Reporting System will be reviewed.
  • Upon review, if further investigation of your incident is needed, you may be contacted.
  • Filing a false police report is a crime.

Using the Scotch Plains Police Department Police Online Citizen Reporting System you can report the incidents such as:

Property Damage, Lost Property, Telephone Harassment, and Thefts

Please be sure to review the entire list with definitions and examples on the following page. Please click on "Select Incident" to begin.

If your incident is not listed in the category selection list, please call the Scotch Plains Police Department (emergency 9-1-1; non-emergency 908-322-7100) to file your report.


Click on 'DORS Online Reporting System / Select Incident' below to file a non-emergency report.



Powered by Coplogic's Online Citizen Police Reporting

SPPD DORS On Line Reporting Power Point for the Public
This Power Point will give you a brief overview of how the new Desk Officer Reporting System (DORS) works and what you will need to do to file a report on line.
**You will have to click on your mouse to advance to the next slide during the presentation.
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FAQ Online Reporting
Online Police Reporting Frequently Asked
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Executive Orders during Covid-19

Governor Murphy's Executive Orders

 Please visit the following site for a list of all of the Executive Orders issued by Gov. Murphy: 

Chief of Police- Theodore D. Conley

Promoted to Chief of Police July 1, 2016
Chief- Theodore D. Conley

Being promoted to the rank of Chief of Police of the Scotch Plains Police Department was one of the most humbling accomplishments in my career. It is truly a pleasure working with the men and women of the Scotch Plains Police Department, I have never met a group of more committed individuals who take the safety and security of the citizens and visitors to our Township more than them. We strive on a daily basis to make everyone feel comfortable in their daily lives while at the same time letting them know that we are constantly on guard protecting them and their families as if they were our own.


Please contact the Chief's Administrative Assistant if you have any questions or concerns that you have for Chief Conley or another matter that concerns the Administrative Division, she can be reached at (908) 322-7100 x102.


“To deliver effective police services through the deployment of dedicated, ethical officers who are provided with sufficient guidance and discipline, and to balance the responsibility of protection and enforcement with the limits necessarily placed upon policing in a free society.”   


Currently the Department currently has (48) sworn law enforcement officers and (4) civilian personnel and has several divisions that handle the wide variety of services it provides.



The Scotch Plains Police Department has achieved the: Police Agency Re-Accreditation Status, from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police as of October 10, 2019. We are very proud of this honor and look forward to receiving our certificate soon. 

Only about one-third of the law enforcement departments in the State of New Jersey have achieved the status of accreditation, which gets renewed every three years.

Body Cameras

The Scotch Plains Police Department has deployed body-worn cameras to its patrol officers. The public should be aware that anything said to an officer equipped with a Body Worn Camera (BWC) could be recorded.   


The audio and video of the police-civilian encounter will be accessible for future law enforcement use in accordance with the provisions of the State Attorney General Directive 2015-1 regarding the use of BWCs.


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