New Jersey

Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all New Jersey voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: Special
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Special School Board

Registration Deadlines

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
By Mail
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
In Person
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

02

Nov
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
General
General

14

Dec
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Special
Special School Board

07

Jun
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Primary
Primary

08

Nov
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
General
General

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New Jersey Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Process

Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 7 days before the election. If returning your Mail-In Ballot in person it must be received by your County Board of Elections before close of polls on Election Day. If returning your Mail-In Ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by your County Board of Elections no later than 144 hours (6 days) after the time of the closing of the polls for the election. 

Requesting and Returning your Absentee Ballot

You may apply for a vote by mail ballot by completing an vote by mail ballot application and mailing the application to your county clerk. The application must be received by the County Clerk seven days before the election. 

You may also apply in person to the county clerk until 3:00 p.m. the day before the election. 

The County Clerk cannot accept faxed copies of a vote by mail ballot application unless you are a Military or Overseas voter, since an original signature is required. 

If you applied for a vote by mail ballot and were required to show identification, you should have received a request for identification in your vote by mail ballot material. The identification requirement, however, does not apply to any vote by mail voter who receives a ballot because of temporary illness or a temporary or permanent disability or any absentee military or overseas civilian voter. 

If returning your Mail-In Ballot in person it must be received by your County Board of Elections before close of polls on Election Day. If returning your Mail-In Ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by your County Board of Elections no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election. 

Permanent Absentee Ballot List

To become a Permanent Absentee Voter, simply check the appropriate box on the Absentee Ballot Application indicating that you wish to receive your ballot by mail in all future elections. 

Voting in Person after Requesting an Absentee Ballot

If you requested a Mail-In Ballot but wish to vote at the polls on Election Day you may request an Opt-Out Form from your county clerk. 

Additional Information

If you have any questions, you can call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837). 

If you have a disability that prevents you from voting on a paper ballot, you will be provided access to an accessible voting device. Also, a voter may drop off their vote by mail ballot at their polling place. If you haven’t received your vote by mail ballot, please contact your county clerk.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request a vote by mail ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Drop Boxes

Secure ballot drop box locations can be found here. All locations are open 24 hours a day and until 8pm on election day unless noted. This information is processes as it is received from the counties, the list will be updated as the material is processed. If your county is not be listed below, they have not received their information yet. 

Early Voting

In person absentee voting is allowed and no excuse is required. Early voting begins 45 days before the election and ends at 3pm the day before the election.

Election Dates

The next election date can be found here https://www.vote411.org/new-jersey.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • 17 years old, but must be 18 in order to vote in an election
  • A resident of the county for 30 days before the election

Beginning March 17, 2020, if you are on parole or probation you are eligible to to vote!

You are not eligible to register to vote if you are serving a jail sentence as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law or have been adjudged mentally incompetent. However, in New Jersey, ex-felons can register to vote. Any person who is no longer in prison, or has completed his or her term of probation or parole can register to vote.

ID Needed for Voter Registration

If you registered to vote by mail in your county after January 1, 2003 and have never voted in a federal election in the county, you are required to provide your county commissioner of registration with identification. If you registered by mail before January 1, 2003, you are not required to show identification to register.

If you did not provide identification to the county commissioner of registration or if the identification information could not be verified (i.e., your drivers license number or the last four digits of your social security number), you must show ID at the polls when you go to vote.

Acceptable Identification includes:

  • Any current and valid photo ID
  • Driver’s license
  • Student or job ID
  • Military or other government ID
  • Store membership ID
  • United States passport
  • Bank statement
  • Car registration
  • Government check or document
  • Non-photo driver’s license
  • Rent receipt
  • Sample ballot
  • Utility bill
  • Any other official document

 

ID Needed for Voting?

Identification is not required unless you are a first time voter who registered by mail and did not provide ID verification with application. If you registered to vote by mail in your county after January 1, 2003, and never voted in a federal election in the county, you are required to provide your county commissioner of registration with identification.

If you show identification, you will vote via the voting machine. If you do not show identification, you will vote via provisional ballot and have until the close of business on the second day after the election, to provide identification to the applicable county election office. You will be given a hand-out at the polling place that will tell you which county election office to contact.

Official Results

Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.

Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots are counted the Monday after the election.

Official election results will be uploaded on New Jersey’s Division of Elections website as they become available. 

Official Results
Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in New Jersey, you must:

  • Be registered to vote in New Jersey
  • Be entitled to compensation
  • Political affiliation generally required
  • Be a resident of the county
  • Complete required training every 2 years
  • Students 16 or older who meet all other voter requirements may be appointed if they are enrolled in high school and have a written note from a parent or if they graduated from high school and have passed a general education development test

Citizens of all ages, including college and high school students, are encouraged to apply. To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

Polls are open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

You may vote a provisional ballot if you meet specific conditions.

Provisional ballots are paper ballots that are used at the polling place on election day under the following circumstances:

  • If your registration information is missing or is incomplete in the poll book
  • You moved from your registered address to another in the same county and did not notify your local election officials
  • You did not provide the required ID information on your registration form or you're a first time registrant by mail in New Jersey and your ID numbers could not be verified and you did not show ID to the poll workers at the polling place.
  • There is a marking in the poll book that you applied for an absentee ballot but you did not apply for one, you applied for one but did not receive it, or you received it but did not return it
  • If you vote a provisional ballot because you did not provide the proper ID you have until the close of business on the second day after the election to provide your county commissioner of registration with the required ID information for your provisional ballot to count. You will be given instructions at your polling place on where to bring the ID.

Provisional ballots are counted before the Monday after the election.You can call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837) to check the status of your provisional ballot.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

Most polling places in New Jersey are accessible to voters with disabilities. You may call your county board of elections to determine if your polling location will be able to meet your specific needs.

If you are permanently disabled, unable to go to the polls to vote, or wish to receive information on an absentee ballot, you may check a box in the lower left hand corner of the voter registration form and information will be forwarded to you.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Registration Deadline

You can now register to vote online! Or you can use our registration tool to fill out your application!

The registration deadline to vote is 21 days before Election Day.

Evening registration is available please check with your in the commissioner of registration for dates and times.

Registration forms are also available in various State agencies and at Division of Motor Vehicle offices and can be obtained while transacting agency business.

You can view a quick video about the registration process here.

If you are a registered voter currently affiliated with a political party and you would like to change your party affiliation, you must file a Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form 55 days before a Primary Election.

Time Off To Vote

Time off to vote is subject to the employer, there is no requirement for employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Verify Voter Registration

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Voting Machines

The voting system used in New Jersery is DRE.

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.

There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.

Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. And some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.

You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.

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