General Election On Nov. 3, 2020

VOTERS: Election Day is over. Now make sure your vote counted!

If there was an issue with your signature, you will be sent a LETTER IN THE MAIL providing the opportunity to "cure" your ballot so it can be accepted.

The deadline for curing is Nov. 18.

So keep an eye on your mailbox!

 

President, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress. School board, municipal and county offices will be on the ballot in many places. There will also be three statewide ballot measures that, if passed, will change our state constitution. 

This is a paper ballot election. All active, registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail. There will be five ways to vote in the general election:  

      1. Send the vote-by-mail ballot through the U.S. Postal Service, postmarked by Nov. 3, and received by county election boards by 8 p.m., Nov. 10; 
      2. Drop the VBM ballot in a secure drop box by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3; 
      3. Bring the VBM ballot in person to a county board of elections up until Nov. 3; 
      4. Bring the VBM ballot to a polling place on Election Day; or 
      5. Vote in person by provisional paper ballot that will be provided at your polling place on Election Day. Provisional ballots are just like vote-by-mail ballots and will count. 

Voting machines will be available as an ADA accommodation for people with disabilities. 

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 to vote is October 13, 2020.

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 to vote is October 13, 2020.

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.

Only “active” registered voters will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot, with a pre-paid postage return envelope included. New Jersey considers voters inactive when official election mail (e.g., a sample ballot) was previously returned as undeliverable or states the voter has moved, indicating that the voter no longer resides at the address listed on their registration. Inactive voters can vote provisionally at a polling location on Election Day or contact their local election officials to update their information and request a vote-by-mail ballot to their current address. The deadline to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot is October 23. You can verify your voter registration and active status online here or by calling the New Jersey Division of Elections at 609-292-3760.

Active, registered voters will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot without needing to apply. However, if you are inactive, newly registered, would like to be placed on the vote-by-mail default list (wherein you will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for all future elections), or want to apply for another reason, you can do so. You can find the vote-by-mail application here. The application must be returned to your county clerk. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot by mail is October 23. You can also apply for a mail-in ballot in person at your county clerk’s office until 8pm on Election Day, November 3.

No. You will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot with a return envelope that includes prepaid postage.

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. 

Yes, a voter may return the vote-by-mail ballot that they personally cast to their designated polling place on Election Day. Find your polling place here. You can find a statewide list of polling places, broken down by county, here

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; 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) – NOT polling locations on Election Day, which will only accept VBM ballots cast by voters themselves (or allow provisional ballot voting). When delivering a ballot in person to the county, the bearer must show ID and sign the county’s Bearer Book. 

If you are registered voter, your vote-by-mail ballot should not be rejected so long it is properly cast and received on time.

· If a ballot does not arrive on time, it will be rejected. Ballots that are postmarked by November 3rd must be received by the county board of elections by November 10. Ballots that lack a postmark must be received within 48 hours of Election Day. 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, at your county board of elections office, or at your polling place on Election Day.

· Vote-by-mail ballots that are returned without the 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 November 18 (48 hours before the November 20 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 November 18, not just postmarked).

In order to ensure that you are the person who sent in your ballot, as a security measure, 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 November 18 (48 hours before the November 20 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 November 18, not just postmarked).

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Yes. You can vote in person via a paper provisional ballot provided at your polling place. These ballots will be counted after VBM ballots are counted and will count the same way other ballots do. A minimum of one polling location per municipality will be available and each county will open a minimum of 50% of its polling places (provided that sufficient poll workers are available). CDC guidelines for polling place safety and sanitation will be followed.

Find your polling place here. You can find a statewide list of polling places, broken down by county, here

Voters with disabilities may vote on ADA-accessible voting machines.

Provisional ballots are paper ballots provided at a polling place on Election Day. In the past, provisional ballots have been used when there is an unresolved question about eligibility. This year, provisional ballots will count like any other ballot once the Board of Elections verifies that the provisional ballot voter has not already voted with a VBM ballot. You will be asked to provide either your drivers' license number or the last four digits of your social security number, just like you're asked on your voter registration form.  

Voters with disabilities may vote on ADA-accessible voting machines.

Machine voting is not possible because New Jersey does not yet have electronic poll books that would allow officials to check to make sure someone didn’t vote on a machine before they count their VBM ballot. Provisional ballots are counted after vote-by-mail ballots are counted so that such a determination can be made. This is a security measure for our election. To have the use of the vote-by-mail system and voting machines simultaneously, New Jersey will have to adopt electronic poll books. An electronic poll book is a system containing an electronic list of registered voters that may be transported to the polling location.

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, as a security measure 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 November 18 (48 hours before the November 20 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 November 18, not just postmarked).

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. 

Not necessarily. A minimum of one polling location per municipality will be available and each county will open a minimum of 50% of its polling places (provided that sufficient poll workers are available). Active voters will be mailed a notice before the election regarding the location of their polling place. 

You can also find your polling place for Nov. 3 here. You can find a statewide list of polling places, broken down by county, here

CDC guidelines for polling place safety and sanitation will be followed. 

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 at 1-877-NJ-VOTER. You can find a statewide list of polling places, broken down by county, here. The polls are open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. You have the right to vote if you are in line or inside the polling place when the polls close. Active voters will be mailed a notice before the election regarding the location of their polling place. County clerks will mail this notice to active voters by October 23, 2020.

No. 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. 

Sample ballots will not be mailed to voters for the 2020 General Election. The County Clerk will instead send a notice to voters with their polling place location and vote-by-mail drop box locations in the area. 

  • 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 as soon as possible so someone can assist you.  
  • Contact us at vote@njisj.org.