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Last Updated: 04/28/2021

Upcoming Elections

Municipal non-partisan elections scheduled for May 11th and the June 8th Primary Election will be primarily conducted in person. As always, voters will have the ability to request a vote-by-mail ballot for any reason.

All in-person polling places will adhere to proper health and safety protocols, including face coverings, social distancing, and frequent sanitization.

To find your polling place or a secure ballot drop box near you, visit the NJ Voter Information Portal.

To request a vote-by-mail ballot, visit the NJ Division of Elections' Vote-by-Mail information page.

Note: Your application for a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by your local County Clerk seven days prior to the election.

Petitions For Initiatives, Referendums, and Candidate Nominating Petitions

Governor Murphy has issued an Executive Order allowing both electronic and in-person collection of signatures and submission of any candidate, delegate, recall, initiative, referendum, or other petitions for the upcoming June Primary Election and elections scheduled to occur before then.

All campaigns should adhere to proper COVID-19 health and safety guidance.

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

Registering To Vote

The voter registration deadline is 21 days before the election.

Register to vote online.

To check your registration status, use the Division of Elections' Voter Search Tool.

For more information about voter registration, visit the Division of Elections' Voter Registration Portal.

Voting Resources For Individuals With Disabilities

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) has free voting resources available for individuals with disabilities including a voting rights guide in English and Spanish.

2020 General Election

On December 7, 2020, Secretary of State Tahesha Way certified New Jersey's general election results and Governor Phil Murphy signed the Certificate of Ascertainment.

With 4,635,000 votes cast and certified, New Jersey set a new state record for most ballots cast in an election.

The November 3rd General Election was primarily held through vote-by-mail. All active registered New Jersey voters automatically received a prepaid return-postage vote-by-mail ballot from their County Clerks.

Voters could choose to return their ballot:

  • by mail, postmarked on or before November 3 and received by your county's Board of Elections on or before November 10
  • through a secure drop box in your county by 8 pm on November 3
  • to your county's Board of Elections Office by 8 pm on November 3
  • at your polling place by 8 pm on November 3

Voters could also vote in-person at a polling location on November 3, but only by paper provisional ballot.

To track your mail-in ballot, visit the New Jersey Voter Registration System online and create an account if you don't already have one. You can also call your County Election Officials to track your mail-in ballot.

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

Source: https://nj.gov/state/elections/candidate-information.shtml; Executive Order No. 193; Executive Order No. 216