Guide to NJ’s 2020 Vote by Mail Election

Patch published a detailed synopsis of how New Jersey’s first vote-by-mail elections are going to work. 2020 is the first year that mail-in ballot voting will be taking place statewide.

Vote by Mail ballots can be returned by the USPS, placed in ballot boxes Gov. Murphy is situating around the state, turned in at polling locations and at county offices.

You can also cast your vote by visiting a polling location, but the ballot will be provisional since the staff will not be able to tell whether you have already sent in your mail-in ballot. read more

How to vote in NJ before Election Day

We can vote early in NJ even though we don’t have what is technically called “early voting,” because we can vote by paper ballot. There are three ways to vote early the week before Election Day:
Be informed - voteMail in the Application to Vote by Mail.

  • Application must be received by the Tuesday before Election Day (7 days before Election Day).
  • Your paper ballot will be delivered to you by the USPS.
  • Fill out and send back the paper ballot by USPS, and your 100% full-fledged, legal vote will be cast.
  • To be counted, the ballot must be received by the Board of Elections by 8pm on Election Day.
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    Special New Jersey voting options for 2012 election

    This will be updated as new information becomes available. Please also see Election 2012 Voter FAQ
    Nov 2, 2012 New Jersey State has changed some of the voting rules to help people cast their votes in this election. They include: you can vote early at county clerk offices; you can vote by email or fax; a messenger can bring any number of ballots into the Board of Election. See the State Directive below or visit the League of Women Voters website – they’ve got the best information I’ve seen.

    Nov 1, 2012 I learned from Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s staff today that they are working with County Clerks and Election Board officials throughout the state to create a contingency plan which ensures that people affected by Hurricane Sandy get the chance to cast their votes in the general election. Until the state-wide plan is announced, each county is handling the voting process a bit differently. You can vote in person at many County Clerk Offices now through Nov 5. If your polling location will be closed on Nov 6 due to Hurricane Sandy, you will be given the chance to vote at a different polling location or by provisional ballot. Learn more about the New Jersey State contingency voting plans by checking with your County Clerk or local Democratic Office.


    • New Jersey State Directive Easing Restrictions on Voters
    • Remember that in New Jersey voting booths, you must individually select each candidate you want to vote for. Be sure to select ALL of your desired candidates before pressing the “Cast Vote” button on the machine.
    • Are you ready to vote? Check here.
    • Voter intimidation is a crime. Call the FBI’s voter intimidation hotline @ 202-514-1888 if someone tries to discourage you from voting.
    • League of Women Voters of New Jersey voter assistance hotline 1-800-792-VOTE(8683)

    Three Ways to Vote Early in New Jersey’s November 2012 General Election

    • It’s important to note that Vote By Mail, voting in person at your County Clerk’s office, and early voting are the same basic procedure in New Jersey, and use the same forms. All three procedures are technically labeled as Vote by Mail, even though the USPS mail service isn’t involved in any way when you vote in person at your County Clerk’s Office.
    • There are two forms needed to Vote by Mail: 1) the application to Vote by Mail and 2) the Mail-in Ballot itself
      1. To vote in person, or vote early, at your County Clerk’s Office, simply visit the office. Staff will assist you with filling out the correct forms.
      2. Or, you can send a messenger to the County Clerk’s Office with your Vote by Mail application filled out and signed in Item 12, who will pick up a ballot for you. After you fill out and sign your ballot, the messenger will return with it and hand it in to the County Clerk. That ballot is your vote. For this election only, the number of ballots one messenger can bring in has been relaxed; there is no limit on the number of ballots. And, the messenger doesn’t need to be a resident of the same county as the voter.
      3. Voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy can vote by fax or email. Call your County Clerk or Board of Election Office for more information
      4. Please note: if you need a Vote By Mail/early voting application and ballot brought to you, or a ride see below
    • Special in-person/early voting hours for the 2012 General Election
    • Bergen County extended hours
      • 1 Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack NJ County Clerk Elections Division 201-336-7020
      • Friday, Nov 2 from 9am-4pm
      • Sat & Sun Nov 3&4 from 9am-3pm
      • Monday, Nov 5 from 9am-4pm

      Passaic County extended hours

      • 401 Grand Street, Paterson NJ County Clerk Elections Division 973-881-4127
      • Friday, Nov 2 from 8:30am-8pm
      • Sat & Sun Nov 3&4 from 9am-4:30pm

      Essex County extended hours

      • 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ 973.621.4920 X227
      • Friday, Nov 2 until 5:30pm
      • Sat-Mon Nov 3-5 from 8:30am-4:30pm

      List of County Clerks throughout New Jersey

      Need a ballot, or a ride?
      The organizations listed here will bring you a Vote By Mail/early voting application and ballot or help you get one. Check with your local Democratic Organization too – if they’ve got enough manpower they will certainly be glad to help.
      Passaic County Democrats will bring you your ballot and return it to the Board of Elections for you. They will also make every effort to pick up VBM applications and bring your ballot the same or following day. Or, you can fill out a VBM application at any of these locations 668 McBride Avenue in Woodland Park / 598 Van Houten Avenue in Clifton / 301 E 18th Street in Paterson, or 75 Union Avenue in Rutherford. Get help by calling 973-279-4647 or 201-933-0333

      Please also check

      Election 2012 Voter FAQ
      Report on voter woes in Bergen County
      Sandy in New Jersey – News & General Resources

      After-Sandy help in NJ towns (food etc) & info read more