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Department of State, Division of Elections

2020 New Jersey Voter Information Portal

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
NJ Division of Elections

How To Vote In New Jersey

What you need to know to vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election...

Frequently Asked Questions - About the November 3rd, 2020 General Election

 

How Can I Vote By Mail?

All active registered voters in New Jersey will automatically receive their ballots in the mail, at the address where the voter is registered.

Then it’s as easy as VOTE, SIGN, SEAL, RETURN. How you return it is up to you.

1... Mail: It must be postmarked on or before November 3 and be received by your county’s Board of Elections on or before November 10.
2... Secure Ballot Drop Box: Place your ballot in one of your county’s secure ballot drop boxes by 8:00 p.m. on November 3.
3... Board of Elections Office: Deliver your ballot in person to your county’s Board of Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. on November 3.
4... Polling Place: Bring your ballot to your polling place by 8:00 p.m. on election day, November 3. Remember only you, the voter, can bring your ballot to your polling place on election day.

What If I Haven’t Received My Ballot?

Every active voter registered in New Jersey should receive a ballot in the mail. If it hasn’t arrived by October 12, track your mail-in ballot status online at Vote.NJ.Gov or contact your County Clerk, listed on the County Election Officials page.

Can I Vote In Person?

You may choose to vote in person at your polling place, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on election day, November 3, and you will be provided a provisional paper ballot. ADA compliant voting machines will only be available to voters who certify they have a disability that prevents them from voting independently on a paper ballot.

Remember, you can return your vote by mail ballot at your designated polling place on election day. Go to Vote.NJ.Gov for your polling place, listed on the Find Your Polling Location page.

How Do I Register To Vote?

You must be registered by October 13 in order to vote. Visit Vote.NJ.Gov for online voter registration or to check your registration status.

Where Can I Get Additional Information or Help?

Visit Vote.NJ.Gov for full details, drop box and polling locations, and more answers to frequently asked questions. You may also contact your local election officials, or call the Voter Information and Assistance Line at 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837).

Voting In-Person/Provisional Ballots FAQ's

Yes, but only by paper provisional ballot.

If you go to a polling location to vote on Election Day, you will be provided with a 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 November 3rd, 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.

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 voters are asked to wear a face covering and observe appropriate social distancing.

There is not an in-person (polling place/vote center) early voting period.

However, voters will be able to return their vote by mail ballots early to a secure ballot drop box, by mail, or in person to their Board of Elections office. Dropbox locations can be found here on the 2020 New Jersey Voter Information Portal.

Signature Verification/Matching FAQ's

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.
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 (4) days per week starting October 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 cure the signature defect.

“Bearers” FAQ's

A person who transports a cast (completed) vote by mail ballot for someone else is considered a "Bearer". Bearers are limited to THREE (3) ballots per Election. Any Bearer Ballots that exceeds the three limit 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. If the Bearer is hand-delivering the ballot to the county Board of Elections, then he/she MUST SHOW ID AND SIGN the Bearer Book. It is against the law for anyone except you, the voter, to mail or transport your ballot unless the outer envelope is sealed and the “Bearer Portion” is completed.
Only you, the voter, can bring your ballot to your polling place on Election Day.

If another person will be mailing your ballot, bringing it to a secure ballot drop box, or delivering it to the county Board of Elections, make certain that person completes the “Bearer Portion” on the envelope addressed to the Board of Elections before the ballot is taken from you. No person who is a candidate in this election is permitted to serve as a bearer. No person is permitted to serve as a bearer for more than three qualified voters in an election. It is against the law for anyone except you, the voter, to mail or transport your ballot unless the outer envelope is sealed and the “Bearer Portion” is completed.

 

Page Last Updated: 09/28/20

 

 


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