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Department of State, Division of Elections

New Jersey Voter Information Portal

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
Voting Questions? Call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837)
NJ Division of Elections

Frequently Asked Questions

About the 2021 Elections

 

Voter Registration FAQ's

The Voter Registration Deadline is 21 days before the election.
Voters can register to vote on online or by filling out a paper registration form.
An Inactive voter is a voter whose address has come into question.

The main way the counties receive this information is via the sample ballots that are sent prior to each election. If a sample ballot is returned as undeliverable or indicates the voter has moved, that voter is put into an “Inactive” status and is sent a confirmation notice informing them that they have until the second federal general election after the date of the notice to update their voting record or appear to vote and complete the necessary form or they will be removed from the voting rolls.

Inactive voters do not get sample ballots and are not eligible to receive a vote by mail ballot until they are put back into an Active status. To update your record to active status through the online voter registration or using a paper registration form.

Voters can check their voter registration status on the "Am I Registered?" page on the New Jersey Voter Information Portal.

Vote by Mail FAQ's

You can check on the status of your vote by mail ballot online here or you can contact your County Clerk. That contact information is here.
Yes, voters can track their vote by mail ballot through the Track My Ballot Portal.

First time users have to create an account and will need either a Driver’s License Number, Last 4 digits of SSN, or Voter ID Number to validate voter registration status. (If you don’t know your Voter ID number, you can obtain it by going to "Am I Registered?" or  contact your Superintendent of Elections or Commissioner of Registration)

Either return your ballot by mail, bring your completed and sealed ballot in-person to your designated polling location or your county’s Board of Elections office, or place it in a secure “ballot drop box” located throughout your county.
No, all vote by mail return envelopes have prepaid First-Class postage in order to facilitate the proper delivery of all cast vote by mail ballots.
No, vote by mail ballots do not require a witness or notary.

They do require the voter’s signature.

Voters do not need to provide a copy of their ID in order to cast a vote by mail ballot except under certain circumstances for first time voters. These voters will receive a notice with their vote by mail ballot.
If you have not already returned your ballot, you may request a replacement vote by mail ballot from your county clerk here. If you go to your polling location on Election Day, you will have to vote using a paper provisional ballot
The term “absentee ballot” was changed in July 2009 and was replaced by the vote by mail ballot law that allowed a voter to request a ballot by mail for any reason.
Yes, if you choose to leave a race or question blank, your other votes will still be counted.
No, the return envelope will not indicate Party Affiliation.
Every valid vote by mail ballot is counted.

Be sure to complete and sign the certificate attached to the inner envelope when you return your vote by mail ballot.

Be sure to leave the certificate attached to the inner envelope. Do not put it inside the inner envelope.

If you are not sure if your ballot will arrive in time, you can drop it off in person at the county Board of Elections, your designated polling place, or one of the county’s secure authorized ballot drop boxes, or at your polling place on Election Day. Contact your Board of Elections for drop-off locations.

If you are dropping your ballot off in-person, you must do-so by 8 pm on Election Day.

Ballots are processed as soon as they arrive at the Boards of Elections.

The Boards of Elections may start counting ballots 10 days before the election. The counting of ballots will continue until after the deadline for receipt of timely mailed postmarked mail-in ballots.

Secure Ballot Drop Box FAQ's

A ballot 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 at 8 pm on Election Day.

There will be at least 10 drop boxes located throughout each county, which will be available 24 hours a day. Drop boxes will be under surveillance by security cameras and collected daily by county election officials.

“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 FIVE (5) ballots per Election. Any Bearer Ballots that exceeds the five 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.

Voting In-Person/Provisional Ballots FAQ's

Normally 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.
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.

Poll Worker FAQ's

Submit an application to be a poll worker for the Election. Citizens of all ages, including college and high school students, are encouraged to apply. Training is required and will be provided.
If you would like to report a potential election crime or incident of voter fraud, please call 1-877-NJ-VOTER.

 

Page Last Updated: 04/26/21

 

 


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