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Have elections been moved or changed in New Jersey because of COVID-19?

Last Updated: 05/15/2020

Election Dates

The primary election originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 has been rescheduled and will now be held on Tuesday, July 7. This includes primaries for President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the 25th District of the New Jersey Legislature, and county and municipal elections, as well as county committee elections.

This will primarily be a vote-by-mail election, however the State will ensure that a limited number of in-person polling places each county will be open to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to vote.

All registered Democratic and Republican voters will automatically receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot. All unaffiliated and inactive voters will automatically receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot application.

In addition to the United States Postal Service, the State will require counties to distribute secure drop-boxes for voters to turn in their completed ballots.

While many voters have seamlessly transitioned to voting by mail, there are other voters who prefer to cast their ballot in person, in addition to voters with disabilities who cannot fill out a vote-by-mail ballot.

For in-person voting, we plan to require at least one polling location to be opened in each municipality. Social distancing protocols will be enforced within these polling locations, including the sanitizing of touch-screen voting machines between voters.

As we expect a much greater than usual vote-by-mail turnout, the deadline by which votes must be received by a county Board of Elections to be counted as valid will be extended from 48 hours after polls close to seven days after polls close.

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

NOTE: Deadlines for boards of education that operate on an April election timeframe have been extended to ensure that hey have enough time to certify their budgets and make staffing decisions for the following year.

Candidate Petitions

As a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, candidates can file their petitions electronically and gather signatures electronically for nominating petitions.

Completed nominating petitions may be submitted in person or electronically by either facsimile or email and must be received by 4:00 pm on July 7, 2020. If the petition is submitted electronically, no hard copy is required to be submitted.

Nominating petitions for federal and state offices can be emailed to the following email addresses or faxed to the number listed below:

If you are a candidate running for a county office, you must provide your petition to your County Clerk.

If you are a candidate running for a municipal office, you must provide your petition to your Municipal Clerk.

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

Petitions For Initiatives And Referendums

Governor Murphy has announced an executive order allowing petitions seeking to place municipal or county initiatives or referendums on the ballot to be signed electronically and for county and municipal clerks to accept these petitions electronically.

No one should be going door-to-door, either campaigning or collecting signatures, and we should ensure that initiative and referendum campaigns can proceed in a way consistent with public health.

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

Source: https://nj.gov/state/elections/candidate-information.shtml; Executive Order No. 120; Executive Order No. 132; Executive Order No. 144