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Last Updated: 09/24/2021

November 2, 2021 GENERAL ELECTION

IMPORTANT DATES

September 18: Vote by Mail ballots for the General Election begin mailing.

October 12: Deadline to register to vote for the General Election. Register to vote online. To check your registration status, use the Division of Elections' Voter Search Tool.

October 23 – October 31: In-Person early voting period.

October 26: Deadline to apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot by mail for General Election. To request a vote-by-mail ballot, visit the NJ Division of Elections' Vote-by-Mail information page.

November 1 at 3pm: Deadline to apply for a Vote by Mail ballot in person at your County Clerk's office.

November 2: Election Day - Polls are open from 6:00am-8:00pm.

HOW TO VOTE

For the November general election, there are three ways to vote:

1. Vote By Mail

Fill out your ballot and return it one of three ways:

  1. Mail (Ballot must be postmarked by 8PM on November 2)
  2. Secure ballot drop box (by 8PM Nov. 2). Visit the NJ Voter Information Portal. to find a ballot drop box near you.
  3. Your county's Board of Elections office (by 8PM Nov. 2)
    Note: Your ballots cannot be returned at your polling place.

2. In-Person Early Voting

All registered voters can cast their ballot in person, using a voting machine, during a nine-day period prior to Election Day. You can now choose to vote, in person, when it's most convenient for your schedule at any of your county's designated in-person early voting locations. Find your county's early voting locations at VOTE.NJ.GOV.

In-person early voting locations will be open Saturday, October 23 through Sunday, October 31. Hours will be Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Accommodations will be made for voters with disabilities.

3. At Your Polling Place on Election Day

Vote in person at your polling place, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 2. Accommodations will be made for voters with disabilities.

Go to VOTE.NJ.GOV for your polling place, listed on the Polling Locations page.

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 June Primary Election.

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

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

2021 Primary Election

The June 8th Primary Election was primarily conducted in person. As always, voters had the ability to request a vote-by-mail ballot for any reason.

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