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Department of State

New Jersey Division of Elections

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary

New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way's Election Message

As Secretary of State, it is my legal and moral obligation to ensure ballot access to qualified voters. I am interested in boosting participation and combating the disturbing trend of voter suppression we’ve witnessed around the country.

The surest way to keep government honest is utilizing the franchise of voting. What many people don’t realize is how the right to vote did not come easily. Consider the fact that the 19th Amendment—guaranteeing women that right—was not adopted until 1920. That isn’t so long ago. Before that, women were shut out of voting booths.

As Frederick Douglass said: “Educate your sons and daughters, send them to school, and show them that beside the cartridge box, the ballot box, and the jury box, you also have the knowledge box.”

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NOTICE - Pledge of Allegiance

Executive Order 105 signed by Governor Murphy on March 19, 2020 states that “candidates who have not already signed and notarized an Oath of Allegiance shall attach a signed Pledge of Allegiance to their petitions containing the same language as prescribed in N.J.S.A. 41:1-1”. If you are a candidate and you have not already signed and notarized an Oath of Allegiance, please complete a Pledge of Allegiance.

Additionally, Executive Order 105 states “The verification requirements of N.J.S.A. 19:23-11, insofar as they are not included on the online form created by the Secretary of State, shall be suspended for petitions due by 4:00 p.m. on March 30, 2020.” Please be advised that the Affidavit of Circulator page does not need to be notarized. A circulator would still need to Print and Sign their name and include their address.

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Candidate Petition Filing Deadlines

  • For Democratic & Republican Candidates
    03/30/20 Before 4:00 p.m.
  • For Independent Candidate Petitions
    06/02/20 Before 4:00 p.m.
    For Independent Candidates For Electors of President and Vice President
    07/27/20 Before 4:00 p.m.


Voter Registration Deadlines

  • 02/18/20 March Special School Board Elections
  • 04/03/20 Annual School Board Elections
  • 04/21/20 May Municipal Non-Partisan Election
  • 05/12/20 Primary Election
  • 09/08/20 September Special School Board Elections
  • 10/13/20 General Election
  • 11/17/20 December Special School Board Elections


Election Dates

  • 03/10/20 March Special School Board Election
  • 04/21/20 Annual School Board Election
  • 05/12/20 May Municipal Non-Partisan Election
  • 06/02/20 Primary Election
  • 09/29/20 September Special School Board Election
  • 11/03/20 General Election
  • 12/08/20 December Special School Board Election


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NOTICE - Nominating Petition Filing

If you filed your nominating petition via Fax or Email by the March 30, 2020, 4 p.m. filing deadline, please be advised that you will not be required to hand deliver the hard copy/original of the filed petitions on March 30. Hard copy original petitions may be mailed, if postmarked no later than March 30, or hand delivered to the Division of Elections office on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the lobby of the Division of Elections building. The Division of Elections is located at 20 West State Street, Trenton, NJ.

NOTICE - Nominating Petition Filing

Effective immediately as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, nominating petitions for FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICES can be emailed to the following email addresses or faxed to the number listed below. If you are a candidate running for a County office, you must provide your petition to your County Clerk. If you are a candidate running for a Municipal office, you must provide your petition to your Municipal Clerk.

Please only send petitions for FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICES to the below email addresses:

Fax Number: (609) 777-1280

If you don’t have the means to email or fax your nominating petitions, in person appointments to drop off your petitions can be scheduled on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby at 20 West State Street, Trenton.   Appointments can be scheduled by calling 609-218-0463.

Please be advised that we can currently only accept emails up to 25 megabytes. If you need to send an email larger than 25 megabytes, please send multiple emails. Blank pages should not be included to reduce the size of the document.

Original petitions will still need to be provided to the Division of Elections.

Mailing Address
NJ Division of Elections, P.O. Box 304, Trenton, NJ 08625-0304 Office Address 20 West State Street, 4th Floor, Trenton, NJ 08608

Telephone Number: 609-292-3760 or 609-218-0463

Fax Number: 609-777-1280

Voting Information & Assistance: 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837)

TTY/TDD: 609-292-0034

In your email, please include a telephone number for the Division of Elections to contact you with a confirmation of receipt.


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