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

Last Updated: 08/14/2020

Election Dates

All upcoming scheduled elections – including special elections which result from a vacancy – have been postponed to the November 3rd General Election.

The November 3rd General Election will primarily be held through vote-by-mail.

All active registered New Jersey voters will automatically receive a prepaid return-postage vote-by-mail ballot from their County Clerks. All ballots will be mailed by Monday, October 5th.

A new online voter registration system will be up and running effective September 4th, giving new voters an added ability to ensure they get registered.

All ballots being returned through the US Postal Service must carry a postmark by November 3rd, and be received by the County Clerk no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 10th.

Ballots which lack postmarks due to postal error received by 8 p.m. Thursday, November 5th will be considered valid.

In addition to mailing in their ballot, every voter will also have the option to either return their ballot through a secure dropbox or to hand it directly to a poll worker at a polling place on Election Day.

In-person polls will also be open. Each municipality will be required to open at least one in-person polling site, and all counties must ensure that at least 50 percent of their total polling places are open.

Any voter who chooses to cast their vote in-person will do so on a provisional ballot, and all individuals with disabilities will have access to an ADA-conforming voting machine.

On Election Day itself, all public schools will close to in-person instruction to facilitate use of the building as an in-person polling place.

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

Municipal and County Reorganizational Meetings

The statutory requirement that municipal and county political parties hold their reorganizational meetings either July 13 or July 14 has been suspended to allow newly elected and re-elected municipal party committee members and county party committee members to be properly seated.

Instead, municipal party committee meetings are now required to be held on July 27th, the first Monday after the election results are certified, and county party committee meetings to be held on July 28th, the first Tuesday after the election results are certified.

This requirement only applies to municipal party committees and county party committees that held elections during the July primary. Those that did not have an election can conduct their annual meetings as originally scheduled.

Petitions For Initiatives And Referendums

Governor Murphy 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; Executive Order No. 164; Executive Order No. 169