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2020 General Election

New Jersey Primarily Vote by Mail

Video about how to vote in the general electionGovernor Murphy has announced that the general election on November 3 will be held overwhelmingly through a vote by mail process in our state and that the new online voter registration system would give new voters an added ability to ensure they get registered. 

All voters must be registered by October 13 to cast a vote in the November 3 general election. Find out if you are registered to vote.

If you are not yet registered, you can register to vote here.

Many Ways to Cast your Ballot

In the beginning of October, all active registered New Jersey voters will automatically receive a prepaid, return postage, vote by mail ballot from their county clerks. This mailing is the official ballot that you can use to cast your vote. Unlike in past years, there will be no sample ballot.

After you have voted, signed and sealed your ballot, you may return it using any one of these methods:

  • Return it by mail - All ballots being returned through the US Postal Service must carry a postmark of November 3 or earlier and be received by the county clerk no later than 8:00 pm one week later on Tuesday, November 10. Ballots which lack postmarks due to postal error received by 8:00 pm Thursday, November 5, will be considered valid. Use this ballot tracker to track your ballot to see how it gets back to your board of elections.
  • Return it by dropbox - Secure dropboxes will be located in your area. You can deposit your ballot in the dropbox and it will be brought to your board of elections where it will be counted.
  • Return it to your polling place on election day - Each municipality will be required to open at least one in-person polling site, and all counties must ensure that at least 50% of their total polling places are open. 

You also have the option of voting in person on election day at your local polling location. Any voter who chooses to cast their vote in person will do so on a provisional ballot. (Normally a provisional ballot is cast by a voter whose eligibility to vote cannot be confirmed at the polls on Election Day. For the November 3rd General Election all voters, except those with a disability, are required to vote using a paper provisional ballot. If, after the election, it is determined that the voter who cast the provisional ballot was eligible to vote, the ballot will be counted.) All individuals with disabilities will have access to an ADA conforming voting machine. Find your polling location.

Find answers to frequently asked questions.

Poll Workers Needed

Young, healthy individuals are needed to serve as poll workers. Even with a mostly vote by mail election, we still have in-person polling locations. Younger poll workers are needed to take the place of many of our regular poll workers, who tend to be older and more at risk for COVID-19. Find out how you can help

Trusted Election Officials

Your county election officials are your trusted sources of information. Reach out to your local officials if:

  • you think you should report something
  • you haven't received your ballot
  • you need help understanding any aspect of your ballot or participating in our election
  • you have other questions or concerns about the election process

See something, say something, do something. Under any circumstance, be sure to cast your vote on November 3.

Call the Voter Protection Hotline at 1-877-NJVOTER if you have a concern related to the election that you would like to report.