New Jersey

Upcoming Elections

Oct. 12, 2021 – Voter Registration Deadline
Oct. 24, 2021 – Start of Early Voting
Oct. 26, 2021 – Deadline to Apply for Mail-In Ballot by Mail
Oct. 31, 2021 – End of Early Voting

For more information, please visit the New Jersey Division of Elections website.

Nov. 1, 2021 – Deadline to Apply for Mail-In Ballot In-Person

Mail-in ballot application must be returned in-person by 3pm. For more information, please visit the New Jersey Division of Elections website.

Last Updated: October 2021

Voting in New Jersey

When You Can Vote

The November 2 General Election will be conducted as a regular election. Registered voters can vote in person or by vote-by-mail ballot. There will be fiveways to vote in the General Elections:

  • Vote in person at your designated polling place on Election Day.
  • Vote in person at your designated Early Voting Poll Location from October 24th to October 31st.
  • Mail your vote-by-mail ballot through the U.S. Postal Service, postmarked by November 2.
  • Hand deliver your vote-by-mail ballot to a secure drop box by 8 p.m. on November 2.
  • Hand deliver your vote-by-mail ballot to a county board of elections by 8 p.m. on November 2.

By Mail:

Voters must apply for a vote-by-mail application by the application deadline, unless they are on the permanent VBM voting list.  Vote-by-mail ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the county board of elections by 8:00 p.m. on November 8.

Vote-by-mail ballots can also be hand-delivered by 8:00 p.m. on November 2 to: (1) a secure ballot drop box, (2) the appropriate county board of elections, or (3) the voter’s designated polling place.

 

In person:

Polling locations 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.

Where You Can Vote

In person on Election Day:

Voters may refer to their county board of elections website or the New Jersey Division of Elections website to confirm their polling place location for the General Election. Voters can determine their polling place by entering their address in the New Jersey Division of Elections’ polling place locator (https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/polling-place-search).

In person Early Voting:

Voters may refer to the Early Voting Locations on the New Jersey Division of Elections website.

Returning Vote-by-Mail Ballots:

Voters may mail their completed ballots to the county board of elections. To be counted, the ballots must be postmarked on or before November 2, 2021 and received by 8:00 p.m. on November 8, 2021.  Vote-by-mail ballots will come with prepaid return envelopes.

Voters may also cast their vote by hand-delivering their vote-by-mail ballot to the appropriate county board of elections, dropping the ballot in a secure drop box, or submitting the ballot at their designated polling location by 8:00 p.m. on November 2.

 

  • NOTE: Every county must provide at least ten secure ballot drop boxes in locations readily accessible to the registered voters within that county. The locations of the drop boxes will be provided on the county board of elections’ website and in the notice sent to “active” registered voters
  • NOTE: Voters may turn in only their own vote-by-mail ballot at their polling place. Polling places will not accept a ballot submitted by a “bearer.”
  • NOTE: If you drop off someone else’s ballot, you become a “bearer.” A bearer is a person who transports a completed vote-by-mail ballot for someone else. Bearers are limited to three ballots per election; any additional ballots will be discarded and not counted. The bearer must sign the bearer portion of the outer envelope of the ballot in the presence of the voter when taking custody of the ballot. Bearers are only permitted to deliver other people’s ballots to the county board of elections, secure ballot drop boxes and USPS mailboxes (subject to the same deadlines as the voters themselves). When delivering a ballot in person to the county, the bearer must show ID and sign the county’s Bearer Book.
Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines:

The registration deadline is 21 days before Election Day. The registration deadline for the General Election is October 12, 2021.  Registration forms must be either postmarked or hand-delivered by that date.  Eligible voters may also register to vote online.

How to Check Your Registration:

Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote by checking the New Jersey Division of Elections’ website and clicking the “Am I Registered” tab:

(https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check). Alternatively, they can 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 for a felony conviction; and
  • NOT have been declared by a court as incompetent to understand the act of voting.

How to Register:

New Jersey residents may register in person, by mail, or online.

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: https://nj.gov/state/elections/index.shtml)
    • 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: https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/county-eo.shtml)
    • 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 – Dep’t 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

Online

Identification Required for Registration:

The New Jersey voter registration form asks all registrants to provide a driver’s license number, non-driver identification 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 identification (e.g., New Jersey driver’s license, military or other government identification, student or job identification, 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.

Online registration requires one of the following forms of identification: New Jersey driver’s license number, Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) non-driver identification number, or Social Security number.  Voters who use a Social Security number as identification must be able to sign the application on-screen or upload a digital signature.  Voters who use a driver’s license or other MVC identification do not need to include a digital signature.

Voting Early & by Vote-by-Mail Ballot

If You Want to Vote in Person before Election Day:

 On March 30, 2021, New Jersey enacted a law allowing all registered voters to cast a ballot in person before Election Day. During the 2021 General Election, early voting will be held from Saturday, October 23 through Sunday, October 31.  Early voting sites in each county will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.   So long as the voter is registered to vote, there are no eligibility requirements for in-person early voting. For general elections, including the 2021 General Election, registered voters can vote at any early voting site in their county.  Early voting locations may vary from a voter’s polling location on Election Day.  A list of in-person early voting locations for each county is located here.

 

If You Want to Vote by Vote-by-Mail Ballot:

Requesting a vote-by-mail ballot:

Every registered voter is eligible to receive a vote-by-mail ballot by applying for one. Unless they are already on the default vote-by-mail list, voters will not be automatically sent a vote-by-mail ballot without an application. When filling out your application you can signify if you want to be placed on the default vote-by-mail list going forward (wherein you will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for all future elections). To confirm whether you are on the default list, please call your county clerk.

You can find the vote-by-mail application here. The application must be returned to your county clerk. For the      General 2021 election, the postmark deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot by mail is    October 26 and the in-person application deadline is  November 1 by 3:00 p.m.  November 2 is the deadline to either drop off or postmark the actual vote-by-mail ballot; if postmarked, the ballot must be received by the voter’s county Board of Elections on or before November 8 at 8:00 p.m.[1]

A voter who does not automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot, or who wishes to receive it at an address different from the last mailing address on file with election officials, may complete an application to vote by mail.  Applications for vote-by-mail ballots can be returned by mail or in person to the county clerk.

  • October 26:  To allow the county clerk sufficient time to mail out ballots to voters, vote-by-mail application returned by mail must be postmarked by      October 26.
  • November 1, 3pm:  A voter may return a vote-by-mail application in person to the county clerk on any day up to and including Election Day, November      2.  Upon receiving a complete and valid application, the clerk will provide the voter with a vote-by-mail ballot.

A voter has the option of automatically receiving a vote-by-mail ballot for all future elections.  If a voter no longer wants to receive a vote-by-mail ballot automatically, the voter must notify the appropriate county clerk’s office in writing.

Casting an absentee/vote-by-mail ballot:

  • Postmarked by November 2: Voters may mail their completed ballots to their county board of elections. All mailed ballots and applications will include pre-paid return envelopes. Voters who mail their vote-by-mail ballots must ensure that they are postmarked on or before      November 2, 2021, and the ballot must be received by the board of elections by 8:00 p.m. on      November 8, 2021.
  • In person by 8:00 p.m. November 2: Voters may hand-deliver completed vote-by-mail ballots to their county board of elections, drop the ballots in secure drop boxes, or return them at their designated polling location by 8:00 p.m. on  November 2.

NOTE: Every county must provide at least ten secure ballot drop boxes in locations readily accessible to the registered voters within that county. The locations of the drop boxes will be provided on the county board of elections’ website, and notice will be sent to “active” registered voters.

NOTE: Voters may turn in only their own ballot at their polling place.

NOTE: Identification will be required for voters hand-delivering their ballots to the county board of elections, and a certification will be required for hand-delivery to a polling place.

Vote-by-mail ballot never arrived: 

 If a vote-by-mail ballot did not arrive, the voter may contact their county clerk to get a replacement ballot or they may vote in person by provisional ballot at the voter’s designated polling location on Election Day.

Identification Requirements

New Jersey voters can vote without showing identification, with a few exceptions.

First, a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide an accurate driver’s license number, non-driver identification number, the last four digits of a Social Security number, or acceptable identification at that time must present identification at the polling place on Election Day in order to vote by provisional paper ballot.  Acceptable identification includes either a current and valid photo identification (e.g., New Jersey driver’s license, student or job identification card, store membership card, U.S. passport, military identification), 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.

Second, if a voter hand-delivers a completed vote-by-mail ballot to the county board, that voter must provide proof of his/her identity in the form of a New Jersey driver’s license, or another form of identification issued or recognized as official by the federal government, the State, or any of its subdivisions, provided that the identification carries the full address and signature of the voter. Additionally, the voter must sign a record kept by the county listing all personally delivered mail-in ballots.

Third, a voter who hand-delivers a completed vote-by-mail ballot to a polling place will not be required to present identification but will be asked to complete and sign a certification.

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 ballot in the same manner as other voters 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.

Moving From Another State:

A voter who moves to New Jersey from out-of-state must register and reside at the new address for 30 days before the election in order to vote.

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.

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot:

There are several ways in which military and overseas voters may register to vote and request and obtain a ballot.  To register, they may fill out and mail a New Jersey voter registration form, which must be postmarked by October 12, 2021 or fill out a Federal Post Card Application, which must be received  October 12, 2021, whether returned by mail, email, or fax. The Federal Post Card Application allows eligible military or overseas voters to simultaneously register and request their absentee ballot.  However, if an eligible voter registers with a state voter registration form, they must separately apply for a vote-by-mail ballot.

Military and overseas voters may also register to vote and request an absentee ballot by calling 1-877-NJ-VOTER.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot:

Military and overseas voters may receive their blank absentee ballots by airmail or electronic transmission.  To request electronic transmission of the blank ballot, military and overseas voters must mark the appropriate box and provide an email address or fax number on the Federal Post Card Application (https://www.fvap.gov/guide/chapter2/new-jersey).

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot:

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that military and overseas voters may use.  These voters may use the 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 U.S. citizens 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 airmail, commercial carrier, or hand-delivery, or by fax or email.  Ballots sent by mail must be postmarked by      November 2 and received by 8:00 p.m.      November 8; ballots sent by other means must be received by the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website: (https://www.fvap.gov/new-jersey).

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.  Such voters must complete a new voter registration form once they become eligible and mail or hand-deliver it 21 days before the election (     October 12, 2021).

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 vote-by-mail ballot.

Election Protection Materials

Question about voting in New Jersey

Contact Us