Voters who witness voter interference or intimidation should contact the New Jersey Election Hotline at 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837) or the U.S. Attorney’s Office Election Hotline at 1-888-658-6837.
General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline has passed
Vote-by-Mail Ballot Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, postmarked by 8 p.m.
Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Nov. 10.
Ballots without a postmark that are received by Nov. 5 are valid.
Voters whose ballot envelopes are missing signatures or have disputed signatures will be contacted for verification.
Vote-by-Mail Ballots can be tracked.
General Election: All active registered New Jersey voters will receive actual ballots in the mail, to be sent by Oct. 5, 2020.
An inactive voter is a voter whose address has come into question. If a sample ballot is returned as undeliverable or indicates the voter has moved, that voter is put into an “inactive” status and is sent a confirmation notice informing them that they have until the second federal general election after the date of the notice to update their voting record or appear to vote and complete the necessary form or they will be removed from the voting rolls. Inactive voters do not get sample ballots and are not eligible to receive a vote by mail ballot until they are put back into an active status. To update your record to active status, go through the online voter registration portal or use a paper registration form.
Every active registered voter will receive a ballot at the address the voter is registered. If you don’t receive your ballot and you are registered, please contact your county clerk’s office to determine the status of your ballot and next steps. If you did not receive your ballot and would like to receive your ballot by mail you must request your ballot by Friday, Oct. 23. Otherwise you must get your Vote-by-Mail ballot in-person from your county clerk’s office. If you pick up a Vote-by-Mail ballot on Election Day, in person, you have until 8 p.m. to return it to the Board of Elections, or your polling place, or deposit it in one of your county’s secure authorized ballot drop boxes.
All active registered voters will automatically receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot. If you haven’t received your ballot, you can check the status online or contact your county clerk’s office. If you haven’t received your ballot, you may apply for a Vote-by-Mail ballot by mail by Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Thereafter, you must get your Vote-by-Mail ballot in-person from your county clerk’s office. If you pick up a Vote-by-Mail ballot on Election Day, you have until 8 p.m. to return it to the county Board of Elections or your polling place, or deposit it in one of your county’s secure ballot drop boxes.
All ballots were mailed to voters no later than Oct. 5, 2020. It may take a few days for voters to receive them.
You can check on the status of your Vote-by-Mail ballot online here or you can contact your Yes, voters can track their Vote-by-Mail ballot through the Track My Ballot Portal.
Can I track my Vote-by-Mail ballot?
Yes, voters can track their Vote-by-Mail ballot through the Track My Ballot Portal.
Vote-by-Mail ballots that are sent through the Postal Service must be postmarked by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, and received by the county Board of Elections on or before Nov. 10, 2020. Vote-by-Mail ballots that are placed in the county’s secure ballot drop boxes, delivered in-person to the county Board of Elections, or your designated polling place must be delivered by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3.
Every Vote-by-Mail ballot that is postmarked on or before 8 p.m. Nov. 3, 2020, and that is received by Nov. 10, 2020, at 8 p.m. shall be considered valid and shall be canvassed, assuming the ballot meets all other statutory requirements. Additionally, every ballot without a postmark, and ballots mismarked and confirmed by the post office that those ballots were received by the post office on or before Nov. 3, 2020, that is received by the county Boards of Elections from the United States Postal Service within 48 hours of the closing of polls on Nov. 3, 2020, shall be considered valid and shall be canvassed, assuming the ballot meets all other statutory requirements.
No, all Vote-by-Mail return envelopes have prepaid First-Class postage.
No, Vote-by-Mail ballots do not require a witness or notary. They do require the voter’s signature.
Voters do not need to provide a copy of their ID in order to cast a Vote-by-Mail ballot, except for some first-time voters. These voters will receive a notice with their Vote-by-Mail ballot.
The term “absentee ballot” was changed in July 2009 and was replaced by the Vote-by-Mail ballot law that allowed a voter to request a ballot by mail for any reason.
Yes, if you choose to leave an elected office or public question blank, your other votes will still be counted.
No, the 2020 general election return envelope will not indicate party affiliation.
No, this is a General Election and you may vote for the candidate(s) of your choice. You may only vote for the number of candidate(s) permitted for the office that you are casting a vote for. Please remember to check the back and any additional pages of your ballot to ensure that you have reviewed all offices up for election and any state, local or school questions that may be on the ballot.
Every valid Vote-by-Mail ballot is counted. Be sure to complete and sign the certificate attached to the inner envelope when you return your Vote-by-Mail ballot. Be sure to leave the certificate attached to the inner envelope. Do not put it inside the inner envelope.
A ballot drop box is a secure, locked structure operated by election officials where voters may deliver their ballots from the time they receive them in the mail up to the time polls close on at 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3. There will be at least 10 ballot drop boxes located throughout each county, which will be available 24 hours a day. Ballot drop boxes will be under surveillance by security cameras and ballots are collected daily by county election officials.
A full statewide list, with Google maps attached, is here.
A person who transports a completed Vote-by-Mail ballot for someone else is considered a “Bearer.” Bearers are limited to three ballots per election. Any Bearer ballots that exceed the limit of three must be rejected. The Bearer must sign the “bearer portion” of the outer envelope of the ballot in the presence of the voter when taking custody of the ballot.
Only you, the voter, can bring your ballot to your polling place on Election Day.
Yes, but only by paper provisional ballot. 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. The Nov. 3, 2020 General Election is being conducted primarily by Vote-by-Mail. If you haven’t received your Vote-by-Mail ballot, please contact your county clerk’s office.
Provisional ballots prevent somebody from voting twice. At the polling place, a voter fills out an Affirmation Statement that this is the only ballot they are casting, which goes along with the ballot. This form is what is used to investigate the eligibility of the voter. Provisional ballots are the last ballots counted, so that the Election Board can count all Vote-by-Mail ballots and be sure a dishonest person did not drop off their ballot at a post office and then vote again in person. If the voter did not return a ballot via mail, their provisional ballot is accepted.
Yes, and social distancing rules apply.
Yes, if your Vote-by-Mail ballot or provisional ballot was missing your signature, or the county Board of Elections has determined that your signature does not match the signature in your voting record, your county Board of Elections will provide you an opportunity to certify that you did, in fact, cast that ballot.
The county Boards of Elections shall meet at least four days per week starting Oct. 13, 2020, to begin verifying the signatures on the Vote-by-Mail ballots. Voters whose ballots are rejected for a missing or a mismatching signature will be contacted and given the opportunity to fix the problem.
Submit an application to be a poll worker for the Nov. 3 General Election. Citizens of all ages, including college and high school students, are encouraged to apply. Training is required and will be provided.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO has created a cutting-edge program called CODE-U (Committee on Digital Empowerment — Union) to provide coordinated messaging for affiliates to use on their social media networks. The concept is simple: We provide sample messages for use by affiliates, everyone follows a simple weekly schedule, and together we create a massive online political education echo chamber.
Here’s the schedule for you to send CODE-U Messaging to your members:
Monday — eMail
Tuesday — Text
Wednesday — Website content
Thursday — Tweet
Friday — Facebook
Text NJLABOR to 235246 to receive text updates about the 2020 Primary Election and General Election.
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Email email@example.com with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line and your name and email address in the message area to get updates by mail.