today at 3 p.m. is the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot!!

VOTING BY MAIL
IS UNDERWAY

Deliver your ballot to a secure drop box or your County Board of Elections or mail it by 8 p.m. November 2

EARLY VOTING IS UNDERWAY!

IT RUNS THROUGH OCTOBER 31
Vote in person at your county’s early-voting sites

NOVEMBER 2
Vote in person or drop off your mail-in ballot

It’s as important as ever that working people have a voice in the decisions being made that affect all of us.

It’s important that working people elect union members to public office. Let’s make sure to vote for leaders who share our family values and will place the interests of working families first!

answers to your questions

 

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Registered and 18 years old by November 2? You can vote in the General Election.

You can vote by mail as soon as you receive your ballot until November 2.

You can vote by machine in person at your county Early Voting site, October 23 – October 31.

You can vote by machine in person at your assigned polling place on Election Day, November 2.

 

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Voting: Easy as 1, 2 or 3

By Mail

Fill out the application and hand-deliver it to your County Clerk so that it arrives by 3 p.m. TODAY, 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.

Ballot application

Ballot drop boxes

 

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in Person via Early Voting

Every county will provide registered voters with the option to vote early by machine in the 2021 General Election.

Each of the 21 counties has designated in-person early voting locations that will be open Saturday, October 23, through Sunday, October 31. Hours will be Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

No appointment is necessary.

what is Early voting?

Early voting locations

in Person on Election Day

The November 2 New Jersey General Election will offer 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.

If you have received a Vote-by-Mail ballot but have not voted, you may vote only by paper provisional ballot at your polling place.

Polling places may have changed.

find my polling place

NJ Voter portal

Voting by Mail 2021: Step by Step

What you get in the mail

Ballots vary by county, so yours may look different or be a different size and shape.

Your Instruction Sheet

For your vote to count, you must follow the instructions precisely.

Your Ballot

Ballots vary by county, so yours may be a different size and shape and it will have different candidates. 

Follow the instructions precisely. Fill in the oval completely. Make no stray marks. Check both sides of the ballot.

VBM Ballot 2021

 

Your Ballot Certification And Inner Security Envelope

Fill out the certification and sign it. Your signature must match the one on file at the Election Board. Then put your completed ballot in the security envelope.

Your Return Envelope

Put your inner security envelope with the certification still attached into the outer return envelope. If there is a return address area, fill it out and sign it. Your address must match the one where this was mailed. If there is a window in the envelope, make sure your preprinted address and bar code are showing. If your county requires postage, affix a first-class stamp on the envelope where indicated.

 

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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.

Can I download a Mail-in Ballot Application? (Hint: Yes, click here)

Download your Vote-By-Mail Ballot Application by clicking on your county below.

Atlantic Bergen Burlington
Camden Cape May Cumberland
Essex Gloucester Hudson
Hunterdon Mercer Middlesex
Monmouth Morris Ocean
Passaic Salem Somerset
Sussex Union Warren

 

Descargue su solicitud de boleta de votación por correo haciendo clic en su condado a continuación.

Atlantic Bergen Burlington
Camden Cape May Cumberland
Essex Gloucester Hudson
Hunterdon Mercer Middlesex
Monmouth Morris Ocean
Passaic Salem Somerset
Sussex Union Warren

What does the Mail-in Ballot Application Form look like?


 

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.