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Department of State

New Jersey Division of Elections

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary

Chronological Election Timelines

Issued on January 15, 2020

January

January 16 - February 14
Nomination of County Board of Election Members (30 day period before February 15)
N.J.S.A. 19:6-18
*Under current law, the Democratic and Republican parties are the only “recognized political parties in New Jersey.”

February

February 15
Submission of Evening Voter Registration Plan by County Commissioners of Registration to Secretary of State
N.J.S.A. 19:31-2
**In counties where there is a Superintendent of Elections, that office serves as the commissioner of registration; in all other counties it’s the County Board of Election.

March

March 1
Governor Commissions County Election Board Members
N.J.S.A. 19:6-18

March 1 - March 15
County Boards of Election to Organize
N.J.S.A. 19:6-22; N.J.S.A. 19:6-23

March 1
On or before, the Chairs of the two State Political Party Committees are to notify the Secretary of State of the number of Delegates-At-Large and Alternates, and the number of District Delegates and Alternates to be Elected at the Presidential Primary
N.J.S.A. 19:24-1

March 19
Deadline for Creating, Abolishing, Dividing or Consolidating an Election District by County Board of Election (75 days before primary election) (No election districts shall, except with the prior approval of the Secretary of State, be created, abolished, divided or consolidated between January 1 of any year whose last digit is 7 and December 1 of any year whose last digit is 0.)
N.J.S.A. 19:4-15, N.J.S.A. 19:4-15b.

March 20
On or before, the Secretary of State is to certify to the County Clerk and County Board of each County the number of Delegates-At-Large and Alternates, and the number of District Delegates and Alternates to be Chosen by each Political Party
N.J.S.A. 19:24-2

March 22 - March 28; March 29 - April 4
Publication of Notice of Requirements to Vote in Primary Election by County Commissioner of Registration (notice to be published once during each of the two calendar weeks next preceding the week of the 55th day before the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-45.1

March 27
Secretary of State to Submit Notice to County Clerks and County Boards of Election of Available Offices and Public Questions for Upcoming General Election (67 days before primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-1

March 30
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Primary Election (before 4:00 p.m. on or before 64th day prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-14

April

April 1
On or before, the Secretary of State is to certify to the County Clerk of each County the applicable Party Rules governing the Delegate Selection process
N.J.S.A. 19:24-2

April 1
Appointment of District Board Workers by County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:6-3

April 1
County Committee Chairs to File with Municipal Clerks the Number of County Committee Seats to be Filled at Primary Election
N.J.S.A. 19:23-1

April 1
Municipal Clerks to Submit Certified List of Suggested Polling Places to County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:8-2

April 2
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Primary Election Candidates (3 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-20

April 3
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nominating Petitions for Primary Election Candidates (no later than 4 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

April 6
Notice of Federal, State, and County Offices to be Elected at General Election to be sent by County Clerks to Municipal Clerks (57 days before the primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-3

April 6
Notice of Public Offices to be Elected at General Election to be sent by Municipal Clerks to County Clerks (57 days before the primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-6

April 7
Publication of Notice of Mail-in Ballot Availability for Primary Election by County Clerks (prior to the 55th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

April 8
Deadline for Change of Party Affiliation Declaration Forms for Primary Election to be Filed with County Commissioners of Registration (55 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-45

April 8
Deadline for Filing Certificate to Fill Vacancy of a Primary Election Candidate By the Appointed Vacancy Committee (55 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-12

April 8
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenges for Primary Election Candidates (9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

April 9
Deadline for Municipal Clerk to Certify to the County Clerk the Names of the Candidates who filed Primary Election Nomination Petition with Municipal Clerk (54 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-14

April 9
Transmittal of Secretary of State Certification of Federal and State Primary Election Candidates to County Clerks (54 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-21

April 10
Transmittal of County Clerk Certification of All Candidates to be Placed on the Primary Election Ballot to Municipal Clerks, the County Clerk Shall also Transmit such List, but for Federal Candidates; to Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) (53 days before the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-22

April 10
County & Municipal Clerk Drawings for Ballot Positions for Primary Election Candidates (53 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-24

April 12 - May 11
Publication of Notice of Primary Election by County Boards of Election (within 30 days before close of registration for election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7
*Under current law the Primary Election is held only for the Democratic and Republican parties. N.J.S.A. 19:5-1

April 13
Deadline for Filing in Superior Court to Protect Primary Election Candidate’s Rights (12 days after petition filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-12

April 13*
Deadline for Preparation of Official Primary Election Ballot for Printing (50 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-1
* County Commissioner of Registration is to provide notice to the two County Chairpersons of the date to inspect voting machines after they have been prepared for the upcoming election. This date will vary from county to county. N.J.S.A. 19:48-6

April 18
Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for Primary Election (45 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-5, N.J.S.A. 19:63-9

May

May 12
Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election (21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

May 12
Mandated Evening Voter Registration Available for Primary Election in Offices of County Commissioners of Registration (optional for Municipal Clerk) (21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-2

May 15
Certification of Polling Places by County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:8-4

May 15
Filing of Certification of Accessible Polling Places to the Secretary of State by the County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:8-3.4

May 19
Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for Primary Election (second Tuesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:7-3

May 24 – May 30
Publication of Notice of Primary Election by County Boards of Election (once during the calendar week prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

May 26
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Primary Election by County Boards of Election (7 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

May 26
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Primary Election (not less than 7 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

May 27
Mailing of Sample Ballots for Primary Election (on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-34

May 29
Deadline for Application to Receive Primary Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters (4th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:59-4

June

June 1 – by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Primary Election (up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

June 1
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Primary Election by County Boards of Election (1 day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

June 2
Primary Election Day (Tuesday after first Monday in June)
N.J.S.A. 19:2-1, N.J.S.A. 19:23-40

June 2
Last day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for Primary Election (day of election) (notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing)
N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

June 2
Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the Primary Election

June 2
Deadline for in Person Submission of Primary Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

June 3 - June 19
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the Primary Election (17 days following election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

June 4
Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

June 9
Deadline for Filing of Acceptance of Nomination by Successful Primary Election Write-in Nominee (7 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-16

June 9
Filing of Acceptance of One Nomination where Primary Election Nominee Receives More Than One Nomination for Same Office (7 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-9

June 10
Deadline for Municipal Clerk to Certify to County Clerk and County Board of Elections the Names of Duly Elected County Committee Members (within 8 days after primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-54

June 12
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for Primary Election (up to 10 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

June 15
Canvass of Primary Election Votes by County Clerks (12 days after the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-55

June 19
Deadline for Recount Applications for Primary Election (within 17 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

June 19
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the Primary Election (within 17 days after election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

June 19
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the Primary Election (within 17 days after the election or 3 days after the certification of the results of the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21

Issued on December 20, 2019

November 2019

November 29
Written Notice of January Special School Board Elections by Board of Education to Municipal Clerks and County Board of Election (no less than 60 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-2

December 2019

December 3
Publication of Notice of Mail-In Ballot Availability for January Special School Board Elections by County Clerks (prior to the 55th day before election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

December 8 - January 6, 2019
Publication of Notice of January Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (within 30 days before close of registration for election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

January 2020

January 7
Voter Registration Deadline for January Special School Board Elections (21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

January 19 - January 25
Publication of Notice of January Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (once during the calendar week prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

January 21
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for January Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (7 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

January 21
Deadline to Apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for January Special School Board Elections (not less than 7 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

January 22
Mailing of Sample Ballots for January Special School Board Elections (on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-25

January 24
Deadline for Application to Receive January Special School Board Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters (4th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:59-4

January 27 – by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for January Special School Board Election (up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

January 27
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for January Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (1 day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

January 28
January Special School Board Elections (4th Tuesday in January)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-2

January 28
Last Day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for January Special School Board Elections (day of election) (notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing)
N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

January 28
Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the January Special School Board Election

January 28
Deadline for in Person Submission of January Special School Board Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

January 29 - February 14
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the January Special School Board Elections (17 days following election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

January 30
Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

February 2020

February 5
Meeting of County Board of Canvassers for January Special School Board Elections (8 days after the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:19-1, N.J.S.A. 19:19-4, N.J.S.A. 19:19-6

February 14
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the January Special School Board Election (within 17 days after the election or 3 days after the certification of the results of the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21

February 14
Deadline for Recount Applications for January Special School Board Elections (within 17 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

February 14
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the January Special School Board Elections (within 17 days after election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

February 29
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for January Special School Board Elections (not later than 32 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

Issued on December 20, 2019

January

January 4
Publication of Notice of Fire Election by Fire District Commissioners (at least 6 weeks prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 40A:14-72

January 17
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Fire District Election (29 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 40A:14-71

January 25
Voter Registration Deadline for Fire District Election (21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 40A:14-74

February

February 8
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Fire District Elections (not less than 7 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

February 8
Publication of Notice of Fire District Election by Fire District Commissioners (at least once not later than 1 week prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 40A:14-74

February 8
Fire District Election Voter Registry List to be Provided to Fire District Commissioners by County Commissioners of Registration (at least 7 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 40A:14- 74

February 11
Deadline for Applications to Receive Mail-In Ballot for Fire District Election by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters (4th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:59-4

February 14 – by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Fire District Elections (up to 3:00 pm on the day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

February 15
Fire District Elections (3rd Saturday in February)
N.J.S.A. 40A:14-72

February 15
Last Day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for Fire District Election (day of election) (notice to be given 48 hours prior to start of testing)
N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

February 15
Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the Fire District Election

February 15
Deadline for in Person Submission of Fire District Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (by 9:00 p.m. on the day of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

February 16 - March 3
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the Fire District Elections (17 days following election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

February 17
Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

March

March 3
Deadline for Recount Applications for Fire District Elections (within 17 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

March 3
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the Fire District Elections (within 17 days after election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

March 18
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for Fire District Elections (not later than 32 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

Issued on December 20, 2019

January

January 10
Written Notice of March Special School Board Elections by Board of Education to Municipal Clerks and County Board of Election (no less than 60 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-2

January 14
Publication of Notice of Mail-In Ballot Availability for March Special School Board Elections by County Clerks (prior to the 55th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

January 19 - February 17
Publication of Notice of March Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (within 30 days before close of registration for election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

February

February 18
Voter Registration Deadline for March Special School Board Elections (21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

March

March 1 - March 7
Publication of Notice of March Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (once during the calendar week prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

March 3
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for March Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (7 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

March 3
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for March Special School Board Elections (not less than 7 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

March 4
Mailing of Sample Ballots for March Special School Board Elections (on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding election) N.J.S.A. 19:14-25

March 6
Deadline for Application to Receive March Special School Board Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters (4th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:59-4

March 9 - by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for March Special School Board Election (up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

March 9
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for March Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (1 day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

March 10
March Special School Board Elections (2nd Tuesday in March)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-2

March 10
Last Day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for March Special School Board Elections (day of election) (notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing)
N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

March 10
Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the March Special School Board Election

March 10
Deadline for in Person Submission of March Special School Board Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

March 11 - March 27
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the March Special School Board Elections (17 days following election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

March 12
Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

March 18
Meeting of County Board of Canvassers for March Special School Board Elections (8 days after the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:19-1, N.J.S.A. 19:19-4, N.J.S.A. 19:19-6

March 27
Deadline for Recount Applications for March Special School Board Elections (within 17 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

March 27
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the March Special School Board Elections (within 17 days after election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

March 27
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the March Special School Board Election (within 17 days after the election or 3 days after the certification of the results of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21

April

April 11
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for March Special School Board Elections (not later than 32 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

Issued on December 20, 2019

February

February 25
Publication of Notice of Mail-In Ballot Availability for April Annual School Elections by Municipal and/or County Clerks (prior to the 55th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

March

March 1 – March 30
Publication of Notice of April Annual School Elections by County Boards of Election (within 30 days before the close of registration for election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

March 2
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for April Annual School Elections (before 4:00 p.m. of the 50th day preceding the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

March 5
Deadline for Filing in Superior Court to Protect School Board Candidate’s Rights (before the 46th day prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

March 6
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nominating Petitions for April Annual School Election Candidates (46th day prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

March 7
Deadline for Withdrawal of School Board Candidates (before 44th day preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

March 9
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenges By School Boards of Education (44th day preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

March 9
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for School Board Candidates (44th day preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

March 11
Drawing of Ballot Positions for School Board Candidates by School Board Secretary (7 working days following the last day for filing petitions for election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-8

March 13
Deadline for Certification of Ballot Draw to the County Clerk by School Board Secretary (within 2 days following the drawing of ballot position)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-8

March 31
Voter Registration Deadline for Annual School Elections (21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

April

April 3
10:00 a.m. Deadline to Submit Public Question Statements for Annual School Board Elections to the County Clerk by the School Board Secretary (18th day preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-4

April 4
Deadline to Submit Official School Ballot to Printer by the County Clerk (17th day preceding the annual school election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-9

April 7
Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for Annual School Board Elections (second Tuesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:7-3, N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

April 12 - April 18
Publication of Notice of Annual School Elections by County Boards of Election (once during the calendar week prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

April 14
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Annual School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (7 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

April 14
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Annual School Board Elections (not less than 7 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

April 15
Mailing of Sample Ballots for Annual School Board Elections (on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-25

April 17
Deadline for Application to Receive Annual School Board Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters (4th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:59-4

April 20
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Annual School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (1 day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

April 20 – by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Annual School Board Elections (up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

April 21
Annual School Board Elections (3rd Tuesday in April) (The Commissioner of Education shall make any adjustments to the election calendar)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-1

April 21
Last Day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for Annual School Board Elections (day of election) (notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing)
N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

April 21
Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the Annual School Board Election

April 21
Deadline for in Person Submission of Annual School Board Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16, 19:15-2

April 22 – May 8
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the Annual School Board Elections (17 days following election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

April 23
Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

April 29
Meeting of County Board of Canvassers for Annual School Board Elections (8 days after the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:19-1, N.J.S.A. 19:19-4, N.J.S.A. 19:19-6

May

May 8
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the Annual School Board Election (within 17 days after election or 3 days after the certification of the results of the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21

May 8
Deadline for Recount Applications for Annual School Board Elections (within 17 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

May 8
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the Annual School Board Elections (within 17 days after election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

May 23
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for Annual School Elections (not later than 32 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

Issued on January 7, 2020

March

March 9
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (On or before 64th day prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-8

March 10 - March 19*
Publication of Candidates’ Names for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections by Municipal Clerk (within 10 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-13

*Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:45-13 within 10 days after the expiration of the time for filing certificates, statements and petitions for candidates, and the drawing for position, the municipal clerk shall cause the names of the candidates as they are to appear upon the ballots to be published in proper form once in each of the two newspapers having circulation in the municipality and published in this State.

March 12
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates (no later than 61 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-9

March 13
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nomination Petitions for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (no later than 4 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

March 17
Publication of Notice of Mail-In Ballot Availability for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections by Municipal Clerks (prior to the 55th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

March 18
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenges for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

March 22 - April 20
Publication of Notice of Municipal Non-Partisan Election by Municipal Clerks (within 30 days before the close of registration for election)
(N.J.S.A. 19:12-7)

March 28
Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for Municipal Non-Partisan Election (45 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-5, N.J.S.A. 19:63-9

** Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:45-12 there is no specific deadline in the statute for ballot draw, but the clerk must give at least a two day notice by certified mail to the candidates. N.J.S.A. 40:45-13 also provides that within 10 days after the petition deadline and the ballot draw, the municipal clerk is to publish once in each of two newspapers having circulation in the municipality and the state, the names of the candidates as they are to appear on the ballot.

April

April 21
Voter Registration Deadline for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

April 21
Mandated Evening Voter Registration Available for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections in Offices of County Commissioners of Registration (optional for municipal clerks)(21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-2

April 28
Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for Municipal Non-Partisan Election (second Tuesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:7-3, N.J.S.A 19:12-7

May

May 3 - May 9
Publication of Notice of Municipal Non-Partisan Elections by Municipal Clerks (once during the calendar week prior to election)
(please reference N.J.S.A. 19:12-7)

May 5
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (not less than 7 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

May 5
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections by County Boards of Election (7 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

May 6
Mailing of Sample Ballots for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-25

May 8
Deadline for Application to Receive Municipal Non-Partisan Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters (4th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:59-4

May 11 – by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Municipal Non-Partisan Election (up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

May 11
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections by County Boards of Election (1 day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

May 12
Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (second Tuesday in May)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-7, N.J.S.A. 40:45-16

May 12
Last Day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (day of election) (notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing)
N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

May 12
Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the Municipal Non-Partisan Election

May 12
Deadline for in Person Submission of Municipal Non-Partisan Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

May 13 - May 29
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the Non-Partisan Elections (17 days following election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

May 14
Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

May 15
Canvass by Municipal Clerks of Votes Cast in Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (three days following election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-16

May 29
Deadline for Recount Applications for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (within 17 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

May 29
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (within 17 days after election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

May 29
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the Municipal Non-Partisan Election (within 17 days after election or 3 days after the certification of the results of the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21,N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21

June

June 9
Municipal Non-Partisan Run-Off Election (4th Tuesday next following municipal election, unless in any year that Tuesday shall be the date upon which a primary election shall be held, in which case the run-off election shall be held on the 5th Tuesday next following the municipal election)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-19

June 13
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (not later than 32 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

Issued on January 7, 2020

July

July 31
Written Notice of September Special School Board Elections by Board of Education to Municipal Clerks and County Board of Election (no less than 60 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-2

August

August 4
Publication of Notice of Mail-In Ballot Availability for September Special School Board Elections by County Clerks (prior to the 55th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

August 9 - September 7
Publication of Notice of September Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (within 30 days before close of registration for election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

September

September 8
Voter Registration Deadline for September Special School Board Elections (21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

September 20 - September 26
Publication of Notice of September Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (once during the calendar week prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

September 22
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for September Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (7 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

September 22
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for September Special School Board Elections (not less than 7 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

September 23
Mailing of Sample Ballots for September Special School Board Elections (on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-25

September 25
Deadline for Application to Receive September Special School Board Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters (4th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:59-4

September 28 - by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for September Special School Board Election (up to 3:00 p.m. the Monday before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

September 28
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for September Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (1 day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

September 29
September Special School Board Elections (last Tuesday in September) (N.J.S.A. 19:60-2 provides the Commissioner of Education the authority to change a special school election date when it coincides with a period of religious observance.)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-2

September 29
Last Day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for September Special School Board Elections (day of election) (notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing)
N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

September 29
Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the September Special School Board Election

September 29
Deadline for in Person Submission of September Special School Board Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

September 30 - October 16
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the September Special School Board Elections (17 days following election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

October

October 1
Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

October 7
Meeting of County Board of Canvassers for September Special School Board Elections (8 days after the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:19-1, N.J.S.A. 19:19-4, N.J.S.A. 19:19-6

October 16
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the September Special School Board Election (within 17 days after the election or 3 days after the certification of the results of the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21

October 16
Deadline for Recount Applications for September Special School Board Elections (within 17 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

October 16
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the September Special School Board Elections (within 17 days after election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

October 31
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for September Special School Board Elections (not later than 32 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

Issued on January 7, 2020

October

October 9
Written Notice of December Special School Board Elections by Board of Education to Municipal Clerks and County Board of Election (no less than 60 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-2

October 13
Publication of Notice of Mail-In Ballot Availability for December Special School Board Elections by County Clerks (prior to the 55th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

October 18 - November 16
Publication of Notice of December Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (within 30 days before the close of registration for election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

November

November 17
Voter Registration Deadline for December Special School Board Elections (21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

November 29 - December 5
Publication of Notice of December Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (once during the calendar week prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

December

December 1
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for December Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (7 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

December 1
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for December Special School Board Elections (not less than 7 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

December 2
Mailing of Sample Ballots for December Special School Board Elections (on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-25

December 4
Deadline for Application to Receive December Special School Board Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters (4th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:59-4

December 7 - by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for December Special School Board Election (up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

December 7
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for December Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election (1 day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

December 8
December Special School Board Elections (2nd Tuesday in December)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-2

December 8
Last Day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for December Special School Board Election (day of election) (notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing)
N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

December 8
Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the December Special School Board Election

December 8
Deadline for in Person Submission of December Special School Board Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

December 9 - December 25
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the December Special School Board Elections (17 days following election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

December 10
Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

December 16
Meeting of County Board of Canvassers for December Special School Board Elections (8 days after the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:19-1, N.J.S.A. 19:19-4, N.J.S.A. 19:19-6

December 25
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the December Special School Board Election (within 17 days after the election or 3 days after the certification of the results of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21

December 25
Deadline for Recount Applications for December Special School Board Elections (within 17 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

December 25
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the December Special School Board Elections (within 17 days after election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

January 2021

January 9
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for December Special School Board Election (not later than 32 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

 

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