2021 General Elections

  • Every seat in the State Legislature 
  • Governor  
  • Many county seats, such as County Sheriff and County Clerk  
  • Many municipal seats, such as Mayor and City Council  
  • Registered voters can vote in person or by vote-by-mail ballot.  
  • There will be five ways to vote this November:  

        o Vote in person at your designated polling place on Election Day.

        o Vote in person at a designated early voting location in your county from October 23-31.

        o Mail your vote-by-mail ballot through the U.S. Postal Service, postmarked by November 2.

        o Hand deliver your vote-by-mail ballot to a secure drop box by 8 p.m. on November 2.

        o Hand deliver your vote-by-mail ballot to a county board of elections by 8 p.m. on November 2.

  • You can register to vote online here. Alternatively, you can register to vote by downloading a registration form here. Please fill out the form for your county of residence. Once the form is complete, mail or deliver it to the county Commissioner of Registration or the Superintendent of Elections. You can also call your county clerk to receive a voter registration form via mail with prepaid postage. If you need assistance or have questions, please call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837). 
  • You can verify your voter registration and active status online here, or by calling the New Jersey Division of Elections at 609-292-3760.  
  • The deadline to register for the November 2 election is October 12, 2021.  
  • Yes, online voter registration (OVR) is now available in New Jersey. You can register here! You can register using your driver’s license or other MVC-issued ID number. However, unlike in many other states, our OVR system does not require you to have a driver's license or other Motor Vehicle Commission ID. You can register using the last four digits of your social security number and sign electronically. The system is also mobile and tablet compatible. OVR is available in English, Spanish, Korean and Gujarati. 
  • The deadline to register for the November 2 election is October 12, 2021.  

The deadline to register for the November 2 election is October 12, 2021.  

Yes. As of March 17, 2020, New Jersey citizens on parole and probation are able to register and vote in all elections. No fees or restitution must be paid before being permitted to vote. This law does not apply to people who are currently incarcerated.

This November, for the first time, we have in-person early voting in New Jersey. The early voting period this year will be from Saturday, October 23rd to Sunday, October 31. Click here to find out more about early voting in New Jersey. 

  • The early voting period this year will be from Saturday, October 23 to Sunday, October 31. Early voting locations will be open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • You can also vote early by vote-by-mail. You can find the vote-by-mail application here. The application must be returned to your county clerk. For the November 2 election, the deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot by mail is October 26 and the in-person application deadline is November 1 by 3 p.m. The deadline to either drop off or postmark the actual vote-by-mail ballot is November 2.  To cast your vote by mail ballot, complete one of the following:  

        o Mail your vote-by-mail ballot through the U.S. Postal Service, postmarked by November 2.

        o Hand deliver your vote-by-mail ballot to a secure drop box by 8 p.m. on November 2.  

        o Hand deliver your vote-by-mail ballot to a county board of elections by 8 p.m. on November 2. 

Registered voters can vote at any designated early voting site in their county. Depending on the size of a county, there will be a minimum of three, five or seven early voting sites. For more information on early voting in NJ and to find the early voting locations in your county, please visit: https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote-early-voting.shtml 

  • Every registered voter is eligible to receive a vote-by-mail ballot by applying for one. Unless they are already on the default vote-by-mail list, voters will not be automatically sent a vote-by-mail ballot without a request. When filling out your application you can signify if you want to be placed on the default vote-by-mail list going forward (wherein you will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for all future elections). To confirm whether you are on the default list, please call your county clerk.
  • You can find the vote-by-mail application here. The application must be returned to your county clerk. For the November 2 election, the postmark deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot by mail is October 26 and the in-person application deadline is November 1 by 3 p.m. The deadline to either drop off or postmark the actual vote-by-mail ballot is November 2.

You can find the vote-by-mail application here. The application must be returned to your county clerk. For the November 2 election, the deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot by mail is October 26 and the in-person application deadline is November 1 by 3 p.m. The deadline to either drop off or postmark the actual vote-by-mail ballot is November 2.

Yes, postage is needed for vote-by-mail applications and ballots. While some counties provide pre-paid postage, most do not.

Nothing. In New Jersey, the term “absentee ballot” was replaced with the term “vote-by-mail ballot” by law in 2009. This allowed for New Jersey voters to request a vote-by-mail ballot for any reason. This year, all active, registered voters will be mailed a ballot without having to apply. 

There will be at least 10 readily accessible secure ballot drop box locations per county. Find ballot drop box locations here. A 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 Election Day. Drop boxes are accessible 24/7 and have video surveillance for security.

You can use any ballot drop box in your county to drop off your ballot. You do not have to use the one that is closest to you or even one in your own town. You do have to use a drop box in your own county, however. Find ballot drop box locations here.

All valid vote-by-mail ballots will be counted. Be sure to carefully follow all the vote-by-mail instructions and sign the certification envelope when you return your ballot.

Your county board of elections is responsible for counting all paper ballots including vote-by-mail ballots and provisional ballots. If you have any questions, you should reach out to them.

You can track your ballot online by setting up a public access account on the Secretary of State’s website. To set up an account, you will be asked to provide your driver’s license number, last four digits of Social Security number or Voter ID number. The system compares that to your voter file to verify your account. If your file does not contain some of that information, you may have some trouble creating an account. You can find your Voter ID number here. When you type in your information to check your registration status, the site will also provide you with your Voter ID number. You can use that to create a public access account to track your ballot. You can also track your ballot by calling 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837) to find out if your ballot was counted. If your ballot was not counted, you can find out why it was rejected. 

You must either mail, use a dropbox or hand deliver your vote-by-mail ballot to your county board’s office.

If you drop off someone else’s ballot, you become a “bearer.” A bearer is a person who transports a completed vote-by-mail ballot for someone else. Bearers are limited to three ballots per election generally or five if they are members of the ballots of from family members in the same household. Any additional ballots will be discarded and not counted. 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. Bearers are only permitted to deliver other people’s ballots to the county board of elections, secure ballot drop boxes and USPS mailboxes (subject to the same deadlines as the voters themselves). When delivering a ballot in person to the county, the bearer must show ID and sign the county’s Bearer Book. 

  • If you are a registered voter, your vote-by-mail ballot should not be rejected as long as it is properly cast and received on time. 
  • If a ballot does not arrive on time, it will be rejected. For the November 2 election, ballots must be postmarked by November 2 and must be received by the county board of elections by November 8.  To ensure your vote-by-mail ballot is not late, you can either drop your vote-by-mail ballot off at a secure drop box location or at your county board of elections office or at your polling place on Election Day. 
  • Vote-by-mail ballots that are returned without the attached certificate will be rejected. Please be careful not to detach that portion of the ballot and follow all instructions. If needed, you can request a replacement ballot from your county board of elections. 
  • If your signature is missing or if it does not match the signature on your voter file, the county board of elections may tentatively reject your ballot. However, there is now a procedure in place to ensure your ballot still counts! If your ballot is tentatively rejected because of a signature issue, the county will mail you a “cure letter” within 24 hours of their review. Please watch out for it in the mail! The cure letter will include a cure form allowing you to verify your ballot. You will have to verify your identity by providing your driver’s license number, the last four digits of your social security number or a state-accepted ID – such as an official document that lists your name and address, or a utility or telephone bill or tax or rent receipt. You must sign and date the form. You will have until 48 hours before the election certification date to return the form to your county board of election, either in person, by fax, by email or by mail (mail has to be received by the certification date, not just postmarked). For the November 2 election, the Cure Letter must be received by November 13 (48 hours before the certification date of November 15).  
  • In order to ensure that you are the person who sent in your ballot, your signature is compared to the signature in your voter file. If your signature is missing or if it does not match the signature on your voter file, the county board of elections may tentatively reject your ballot. However, there is now a procedure in place to ensure your ballot still counts. 
  • If your ballot is tentatively rejected because of a signature issue, the county will mail you a cure letter within 24 hours of their review. The cure letter will include a cure form allowing you to verify your ballot. You will have to verify your identity by providing your driver’s license number, the last four digits of your social security number or a state-accepted ID – such as an official document that lists your name and address, or a utility or telephone bill or tax or rent receipt. 
  • You must sign and date the form. You will have until 48 hours before the election certification date to return the form to your county board of election, either in person, by fax, by email or by mail (mail has to be received by the certification date, not just postmarked). For the November 2 election, the cure letter must be received by November 13 (48 hours before the certification date of November 15). 
  • For the elections scheduled for November 2, eligible voters will be able to vote in person using a machine. You can look up your polling place online here or by calling the Election Protection Hotline at 1.866.OUR.VOTE or the New Jersey Division of Elections at 1-877-NJ-VOTER. All in-person polling places will adhere to proper health and safety protocols, including face coverings, social distancing and frequent sanitization.  
  • For the first time ever, we have in-person early voting in New Jersey this November. The early voting period this year will be from Tuesday, October 23rd to Sunday, October 31st.  Click here to find out more about early voting in New Jersey 

A provisional ballot is cast by a voter whose eligibility to vote cannot be confirmed at the polls on Election Day. If, after the election, it is determined that the voter who cast the provisional ballot was eligible to vote, the ballot will be counted.

Eligible voters will be able to vote in person using a machine on Election Day and early voting locations from October 23 to October 31. All in-person polling places will adhere to proper health and safety protocols, including face coverings, social distancing and frequent sanitization.

  • A provisional ballot is cast by a voter whose eligibility to vote cannot be confirmed at the polls on Election Day. If, after the election, it is determined that the voter who cast the provisional ballot was eligible to vote, the ballot will be counted. 
  • Just like vote-by-mail ballots, all valid provisional ballots will be counted. Be sure to carefully follow all the provisional ballot instructions when casting your ballot. 
  • Your county board of elections is responsible for counting all paper ballots including vote-by-mail ballots and provisional ballots. If you have any questions, you should reach out to them. 
  • Just like with vote-by-mail ballots, in order to ensure that you are the person who voted by provisional ballot, your signature is compared to the signature in your voter file. If your signature is missing or if it does not match the signature on your voter file, the county board of elections may tentatively reject your ballot. However, there is now a procedure in place to ensure your ballot still counts! 
  • If your ballot is tentatively rejected because of a signature issue, the county will mail you a cure letter within 24 hours of their review. The cure letter will include a cure form allowing you to verify your ballot. You will have to verify your identity by providing your driver’s license number, the last four digits of your social security number or a state-accepted ID – such as an official document that lists your name and address, or a utility or telephone bill or tax or rent receipt. You must sign and date the form. You will have until 48 hours before the election certification date to return the form to your county board of election, either in person, by fax, by email or by mail (mail has to be received by the certification date, not just postmarked). For the November 2 election, the cure letter must be received by November 13 (48 hours before the certification date of November 15). 

You can track your ballot online by setting up a public access account on the Secretary of State’s website. To set up an account, you will be asked to provide your driver’s license number, last four digits of Social Security number or Voter ID number. The system compares that to your voter file to verify your account. If your file does not contain some of that information, you may have some trouble creating an account. You can find your Voter ID number here. When you type in your information to check your registration status, the site will also provide you with your Voter ID number. You can use that to create a public access account to track your ballot. You can also track your ballot by calling1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837) to find out if your ballot was counted. If your ballot was not counted, you can find out why it was rejected. 

You can look up your polling place online here or by calling the Election Protection Hotline at 1.866.OUR.VOTE or the New Jersey Division of Elections at 1-877-NJ-VOTER. You can find a statewide list of polling places broken down by county here. The polling places will be open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. You have the right to vote if you are in line or inside the polling place when the polls close.

  • New Jersey law does not require voters to present a photo ID before being able to vote. However, if you did not provide identification when you registered to vote (e.g., your driver’s license number, non-driver identification number or the last four digits of your social security number), or the county commissioner was unable to verify your identification information, you must show some form of identification at the polling place when you go to vote. Acceptable forms of ID include but are not limited to: any current and valid photo ID, such as a New Jersey Driver’s License, military or government ID, student or job ID, store membership card or US passport; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, car registration, government check, rent receipt or other official document that contains the name and address of the voter.
  • If you don’t have any of these forms of ID, you may still cast a provisional ballot. However, you must submit a copy of your ID to your county board of elections before the close of business on the second day after the election for your ballot to be counted. 

Confirm that you are at the correct polling place and ask the poll worker to double-check the voter list. If the poll worker still cannot find your name and you are sure you are registered and in the correct polling place, you are still entitled to cast a provisional ballot. The county board of elections will verify your registration. If you are registered, your ballot will count. You can also check your registration status online at http://voternjsvrs.com or by calling the Election Protection Hotline at 1.866.OUR.VOTE.

Voters with disabilities and voters who are visually impaired or unable to read and write may receive assistance in voting. The voter may choose anyone to assist them, except for their employer, an agent of their employer, an officer of their union or an agent of their union. 

Yes, sample ballots will be mailed to all registered voters prior to the election.

  • If you have a question about your registration, contact the county Commissioner of Registration or the Superintendent of Elections.
  • If you have a question about receiving your vote-by-mail ballot, contact your county clerk. 
  • If you have questions about your polling place or the status of your ballot after you have voted, contact your county board of elections. 
  • Alternatively, for all of the above, or for any other questions, you can call the state hotline: 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837). 
  • If you encounter any problems voting by any method, call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) as soon as possible so someone can assist you.  
  • Contact us at [email protected] 

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Oct. 24, 10 a.m. - Bethany Baptist Church, 275 W. Market St., Newark NJ 07103

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Oct. 24, 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. - Mount Zion Baptist Church, 353 S. New Road, Pleasantville, NJ 08232

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Oct. 24, 11 a.m. - Cathedral Grace Family Church, 3901 Filbert Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Oct. 24, 10 a.m. - Mount Zion AME Church, 300 Penn St., Riverton NJ 08077

Oct. 31, 10 a.m. - Mount Teman AME Church, 160 Madison Ave., Elizabeth NJ 07201

Oct. 31, 10 a.m. - Greater Mount Zion AME Church, 42 Pennington Ave., Trenton NJ 08618

Oct. 31, 10 a.m. - Tabernacle Baptist Church, 150 East 2nd St., Burlington, NJ 08016

Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m. - Community Baptist Church of Englewood, 224 1st. St., Englewood NJ 07631

Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. - Bethel AME Church, 512 N. Church St., Moorestown, NJ 08507

Oct. 31, 10:40 a.m. - Bethel-Hosanna AME Church, 8216 Park Ave #3545, Pennsauken Township, NJ 08109

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