Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to Vote-by-Mail this year? Is it still an option?

✔ You may vote in person during Early Voting or on Election Day if you do not usually receive a Mail-In ballot. Universal Vote-by-Mail was required in 2020 during the pandemic emergency. That order is no longer in effect.

✔ If you usually receive a Mail-In ballot, or applied for one, and instead want to vote in person, you had to opt out of Vote-by-Mail by August 31. If you did not opt out by the deadline, you must vote in person by paper provisional ballot during Early Voting or on Election Day. Otherwise, you may Vote-by-Mail. Contact your county Board of Elections for additional information.

✔ If you do want to Vote-by-Mail, you must request a ballot. Fill out the application and mail it by October 19 or hand-deliver it to your county Board of Elections by October 26. Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by 8 p.m. November 2, delivered in person to your county Board of Elections by 8 p.m. November 2, or placed in a designated ballot drop box by 8 p.m. November 2. You CANNOT deliver your Mail-In ballot to a polling place.

How can I be sure my Mail-in Ballot is counted? Can I track it somehow?

Yes! You can Track Your Ballot throughout the voting process. Sign up NOW!

What if my Vote-by-Mail ballot is damaged or lost?

✔ I lost my Mail-In ballot, and one of my friends made a mistake while another friend damaged hers. What do we do now? If you have not already returned your ballot, you may request a replacement Vote-by-Mail ballot from your county clerk by CLICKING HERE. If you go to your polling location on Election Day, you will have to vote using a paper provisional ballot.

What are key dates in this election?

September 18: Vote-by-Mail begins.

September 28: Gubernatorial debate between Phil Murphy and Jack Ciattarelli, NJPAC, Newark

October 5: Lieutenant governor debate between Sheila Oliver and Diane Allen, Rider University, Lawrenceville.

October 12: Voter registration deadline.

October 12: Gubernatorial debate between Phil Murphy and Jack Ciattarelli, Rowan University, Glassboro

October 23: In-person Early Voting begins. Hours will be Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

October 26: Vote-by-Mail application deadline.

October 31: In-person Early Voting ends.

November 2: Election Day. In-person voting by machine from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all registered voters who have not voted early or submitted a Vote-by-Mail ballot.

What offices are we voting for?

✔ Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

✔ 40 State Senators.

✔ 80 Assembly Members.

✔ County and Local Offices.

Who are the endorsed candidates for my hometown?

Select your municipality from THIS LIST and click the Legislative District to see the pro-labor Senate and Assembly candidates .

How can I help endorsed pro-labor candidates win election?

✔ Labor 2021 needs volunteers for Labor Walks and Virtual Phone Banking. Check the LABOR 2021 VOLUNTEER CALENDAR for an activity near you.

What else should I know about Election 2021?

✔ If you usually receive a Mail-In ballot, or applied for one, and instead want to vote in person, you had to opt out of Vote-by-Mail by August 31. If you did not opt out by the deadline, you must vote in person by paper provisional ballot during Early Voting or on Election Day. Otherwise, you may Vote-by-Mail. Contact your county Board of Elections for additional information.

✔ How much postage should I put on my Mail-In ballot? Some New Jersey Mail-In ballots are postage-prepaid. On others, you must add a stamp. Each county’s ballots are different. Check with your county Board of Elections for more guidance.

✔ Do I need to wear a mask to vote in person for Early Voting or on Election Day? No. The indoor mask mandate has been lifted and polling places in schools will be away from educational areas still under a mask mandate.

✔ How can I be sure my Mail-In ballot was received so that my vote counts? You can Track Your Ballot throughout the voting process. Sign up NOW!

✔ How can I keep up to date on New Jersey election news? Text NJLABOR to 235246 to receive text updates about the 2021 General Election. Message and data rates may apply.

About COPE

Every year, the affiliated unions of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO vote on which election candidates to endorse based on their voting records and stances on working family issues. Our state federation has a proud history of endorsing both Democratic and Republican candidates who support working families and the core values of the Labor Movement.

Working in partnership with the AFL-CIO Political Department, New Jersey’s Central Labor Councils, Building Trades Councils and affiliated local unions, our COPE program coordinates a statewide effort to educate union members about our endorsements and the benefits of voting for candidates who will put working families first.

COPE also manages the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program. Launched in 1997, the Labor Candidates Program recruits, trains and mentors union members running for public office. To date, the program has guided 1,138 election victories for union members. Our Labor Candidates hold offices at nearly every level of federal, state, county and local government — from the House of Representatives to the state Senate and Assembly to County Commissioner, Town Council and School Board.