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The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
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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

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How to Complete & Return Your Vote By Mail Ballot

It’s as easy as VOTE. SIGN. SEAL. & RETURN.

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How To 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.

Voting In-Person/Provisional Ballots FAQ's

Yes, you can vote in person at your polling location. To find your polling location please visit Vote.NJ.Gov. If you have received your vote by mail ballot but have not voted you may only vote by paper provisional ballot at your polling place.
A provisional ballot is cast by a voter whose eligibility to vote cannot be confirmed at the polls on Election Day or if they have applied for a vote by mail 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 for this Primary Election. However, voters will be able to request and 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

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.
If you would like to report a potential election crime or incident of voter fraud, please call 1-877-NJ-VOTER.

“Bearers” FAQ's

A person who transports a voted (completed) Vote-By-Mail ballot for someone else is considered a "Bearer". Bearers are limited to three (3) non- household ballots per election, except that an authorized bearer may transport up to five (5) ballots in an election if those voters are immediate family members residing in the same household as the bearer.
  • Not to exceed (5) ballots in total for any election
  • 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.

Any Bearer Ballots that exceeds the 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.

No, you cannot bring your ballot to your polling place on Election Day. However, you can bring your completed and sealed ballot in-person to your county’s Board of Elections office, or place it in a secure “ballot drop box” located throughout your county.

 

Page Last Updated: 10/08/20

 

 


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