New Jersey Election Information

Upcoming Elections in Your State

November 3, 2020 – General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates

This is a paper ballot election. All active, registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail.

There will be five ways to vote in the general election:

  1. Send the vote-by-mail ballot through the U.S. Postal Service, postmarked by Nov. 3, and received by county election boards by 8 p.m., Nov. 10;
  2. Drop the VBM ballot in a secure drop box by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3;
  3. Bring the VBM ballot in person to a county board of elections up until Nov. 3;
  4. Bring the VBM ballot to a polling place on Election Day; or
  5. Vote in person by provisional paper ballot that will be provided at your polling place on Election Day. Provisional ballots are just like vote-by-mail ballots and will count.

Voting machines will be available as an ADA accommodation for people with disabilities.

Deadlines

  • October 13: Deadline to register to vote
  • October 23: Deadline to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot
  • October 30: Deadline to apply to receive mail-in ballots by Electronic Means for qualified overseas civilian and military voters
  • November 2: Deadline to submit in-person mail-in ballot applications by 3:00 pm
  • November 3: Deadline for postmark of mail-in ballots via mail
  • November 3: Deadline for receipt of mail-in ballots in-person
  • September 19 – November 2: Early voting

For more information, please visit: http://www.njelections.org/

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

When You Can Vote

Election Day:

The polling places that are open on November 3 will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Voters in line by 8:00 p.m. are entitled to vote.

Mail-in ballots must be post-marked on or before Election Day and received within 48 hours of the close of the polls, or delivered by hand to the appropriate county board of elections by the close of the polls.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Where You Can Vote

For the November 3, 2020 General Election:

 

Voters at a polling place can only cast a paper provisional ballot. This is a primarily vote-by-mail election.

Provisional ballots will be counted after mail-in ballots are counted and will count the same way other ballots do.

How to Find Your Polling Place:

A minimum of one polling location per municipality will be available and each county will open a minimum of 50% of its polling places (provided that sufficient poll workers are available). CDC guidelines for polling place safety and sanitation will be followed.

A voter can determine his or her proper polling place by checking the New Jersey Division of Elections’ website and clicking on the “Find Your Polling Location” tab.

Find your polling place here.

Voters with disabilities may vote on ADA-accessible voting machines.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines:

The registration deadline is 21 days before Election Day. The registration deadline for the November 3, 2020 General election is October 13th. Registration forms must be either postmarked or delivered by that date.

 How to Check Your Registration:

A voter can determine whether he or she is registered to vote by checking the New Jersey Division of Elections’ website and clicking on the “Am I Registered” tab:

(https://voter.njsvrs.com/PublicAccess/servlet/com.saber.publicaccess.control.PublicAccessNavigationServlet?USERPROCESS=PublicSearch) or call 1-877-NJ-VOTER. 

Registration Eligibility:

In order to be eligible to register in New Jersey, a person must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Reside in New Jersey and in the county of registration for at least 30 days before the election;
  • Be at least 17 years old (but a person who registers at 17 cannot vote until he or she turns 18);
  • NOT be currently incarcerated or on probation or parole for a felony conviction; and
  • NOT have been declared by a court as mentally incompetent to understand the act of voting.

How to Register:

New Jersey residents may register in person or by mail.

By Mail

In order to register by mail, a voter may:

In Person

  • An individual may register to vote in person at any of the following places:
    • State Division of Elections (address is available at: http://www.njelections.org/)
    • County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for the voter’s county, or the voter’s Municipal Clerk’s Office (addresses are available at: http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information-local-officials.html)
    • Motor Vehicle Commission Office or Division of Motor Vehicle Office
    • NJ Medical Assistance & Health Services Program
    • WIC (Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infant & Children)
    • Work First NJ Programs
    • Division of Developmental Disabilities
    • Office of Disability Services – Department of Human Services – Public Offices
    • Armed Forces of the United States Recruitment Offices
    • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services – Department of Labor
    • Commission of the Blind & Visually Impaired
    • County Welfare Agency or County Board of Social Services
    • Through a voter registration drive

Identification Required for Registration: 

The New Jersey voter registration form asks all registrants to provide a driver’s license number, non-driver ID number, or the last four digits of a Social Security number, or to swear or affirm that they do not have any such number.  Individuals who register by mail and who cannot provide one of the requested numbers must present a copy of an acceptable form of identification at the time of registration or at any time before voting.  Acceptable identification includes either a current and valid photo ID (e.g., New Jersey driver’s license, military or other government ID, student or job ID, store membership card, U.S. Passport), or any current document with the voter’s name and address such as a bank statement, pay check, rent receipt, sample ballot, utility bill, government check, car registration, non-photo driver’s license or any other official document.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

November 3, 2020 General Election

This is a paper ballot election. All active, registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail.

  • Only “active” registered voters will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot, with a pre-paid postage return envelope included.
  • However, if you are inactive, newly registered, would like to be placed on the vote-by-mail default list (wherein you will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for all future elections), or want to apply for another reason, you can do so. You can find the vote-by-mail application here. The application must be returned to your county clerk. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot by mail is October 23. You can also apply for a mail-in ballot in person at your county clerk’s office until 8pm on Election Day, November 3.

There will be five ways to vote in the general election:

  1. Send the vote-by-mail ballot through the U.S. Postal Service, postmarked by Nov. 3, and received by county election boards by 8 p.m., Nov. 10;
  2. Drop the VBM ballot in a secure drop box by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3;
  3. Bring the VBM ballot in person to a county board of elections up until Nov. 3;
  4. Bring the VBM ballot to a polling place on Election Day; or
  5. Vote in person by provisional paper ballot that will be provided at your polling place on Election Day. Provisional ballots are just like vote-by-mail ballots and will count.

Active Voters

  • Active, registered voters will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot without needing to apply.

Inactive Voters

  • New Jersey considers voters inactive when: official election mail (e.g., a sample ballot) was previously returned as undeliverable or states the voter has moved, indicating that the voter no longer resides at the address listed on their registration.
  • Inactive voters can do the following:
    1. Cast a provisional ballot at a polling location on Election Day
    2. Contact their local election officials to update their information and request a vote-by-mail ballot to their current address.

The deadline to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot is October 23.

You can verify your voter registration and active status online here or by calling the New Jersey Division of Elections at 609-292-3760.

Additional information

Any voter in New Jersey may vote by mail-in ballot.  A voter may either request a mail-in ballot from the county clerk by mail at least 7 days before the election or apply for one in person at the county clerk’s office until 3:00 p.m. the day before the election.

A voter who voted by mail-in ballot in the 2016 general election will automatically receive a mail-in ballot for all future elections unless the voter responds to a notice from the county clerk declining to receive mail-in ballots in all future elections.

To be counted, a mail-in ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received within 48 hours of the close of the polls, or hand-delivered to the appropriate county board of elections by the close of the polls.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

New Jersey voters can vote without showing identification, with only one exception: a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide an accurate driver’s license number, non-driver ID number, the last four digits of a Social Security number, or acceptable identification at that time must present ID at the polling place on Election Day.  Acceptable identification includes either a current and valid photo ID (e.g., New Jersey driver’s license, student or job ID card, store membership card, U.S. passport, military ID), or any current document with the voter’s name and address such as a bank statement, pay check, rent receipt, sample ballot, utility bill, government check, car registration, or non-photo driver’s license.

A voter who registered by mail without providing one of the requested numbers or acceptable ID, and who cannot produce such ID at the polling place on Election Day, will be asked to vote by provisional ballot instead of by machine.  After casting a provisional ballot, the first-time voter must provide proper ID to the county Superintendent of Elections or Commissioner of Registration by the close of business on the second day after the election.  A first-time voter should be encouraged to go and get acceptable identification if possible and NOT cast a provisional ballot.

VoteRiders has created New Jersey voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving Within the Same County

If a voter has moved within the same district, the voter may cast a regular ballot upon completing a written affirmation at the polling place.  If a voter has moved to a different district within the same county, the voter may vote by provisional ballot in the district to which he or she has moved, upon completing a written affirmation at the polling place.

Moving Between Counties

If, on or before the 31st day before the election, a voter moved to a new county from another state or county and did not register to vote, he or she is ineligible to vote.  However, if the voter moved to a new county from another county in New Jersey within 30 days of the election, he or she may be eligible to vote in the election district where the voter resided before moving.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters).

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and simultaneously request an absentee ballot.  If the voter requests to receive the ballot by air mail, the FPCA is due at least 30 days before the election (October 7, 2018).  If the voter requests to receive the ballot by fax or email, the FCPA is due at least 4 days before the election (November 2, 2018).  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) page: (https://www.fvap.gov/new-jersey).

UOCAVA voters may also register to vote and request an absentee ballot through (http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information-military-overseas.html) or by calling 1-800-438-VOTE (8683).

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their blank absentee ballots by air mail or electronic transmission.  To request election transmission of the blank ballot, UOCAVA voters must mark the appropriate box and provide an email address on the FPCA (https://www.fvap.gov/new-jersey).

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that UOCAVA voters may use.  UOCAVA voters may use this FWAB whether they are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that they are away from their voting residence for service-related activities, or if they are a U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S. who registered and requested an absentee ballot by the request deadline.  If they do not receive their regular ballot in time, they may use the FWAB.

Casting an Absentee Ballot

Ballots may be returned by air mail, commercial carrier, or hand delivery, or by fax or e-mail, so long as the voter also sends in the original ballot by air mail.  By whatever means ballots are sent, the relevant election officials must receive them by the close of polls (8:00 p.m.) on Election Day.  For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s website: (https://www.fvap.gov/new-jersey).

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

If You Have a Felony Conviction

New Jersey law permits persons with a felony conviction to vote so long as they are not currently incarcerated or serving a term of probation or parole.  Such voters must complete a new voter registration form once they become eligible and mail or hand deliver it 21 days before the election.

Pretrial detainees who have not yet been convicted and persons with misdemeanor convictions (also called a “disorderly persons offense” in New Jersey) are not disqualified from voting.  Like all other qualified voters, those serving jail time in pretrial detention or on misdemeanor convictions may apply for and cast a mail-in ballot.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Election Protection Materials

FAQ

TOP ISSUES 

See the following webpage for more information on the election in NJ: https://www.njisj.org/vote

For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!