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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

Vote-By-Mail

A voter may vote-by-mail by completing the Application for Vote-By-Mail Ballot and returning the application to their County Clerk.

 

How to Complete and Return Your Vote-By-Mail Ballot

 

Here are some easy, step-by-step instructions on how to complete your vote-by-mail ballot, to make sure your vote counts.

  1. Look inside the envelope you receive in the mail for these items:
    • The ballot
    • An inner envelope with an attached certificate
    • A mailing envelope

  2. Completely fill in the oval next to each of your selections in blue or black ink.

  3. Fill in and sign the certificate, keeping it attached to the inner envelope.

  4. Place the ballot into the certificate envelope.

  5. Then, place the certificate envelope into the mailing envelope.

  6. Return your ballot. How you return it is up to you.
    Select one of the following three ways:
    • Mail: It must be postmarked on or before 8:00 p.m. November 2 and be received by your county’s Board of Elections on or before November 8.
    • Secure Ballot Drop Box: Place it in one of your county’s secure ballot drop boxes by 8:00 p.m. on November 2. Secure Ballot Drop Box locations
    • Board of Elections Office: Deliver it in person to your county’s Board of Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. on November 2. County Election Officials

NOTE: Your Vote-By-Mail ballot CANNOT be returned to your In-Person Early Voting Poll Location or your Election Day Poll Location.

 

Vote-By-Mail FAQs

Every Active registered voter is eligible to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

Please contact your county clerk to submit a request. If you would like to receive your ballot by mail you must request your ballot by Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Otherwise, you must get your vote-by-mail ballot in-person from your county clerk, by November 1st at 3 p.m. You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to return your ballot to the Board of Elections in person or deposit it in one of your county’s secure authorized ballot drop boxes. You can also mail your ballot, it must be postmarked on or before 8:00 p.m. November 2 and be received by your county’s Board of Elections on or before November 8.

You can find your County Clerk contact information here.

Check whether or not you are an active vote-by-mail voter at Vote.NJ.Gov, under “Track My Ballot.” If you are registered to vote by mail in the 2021 General Election, you must opt out, in order to cast a ballot in person on a machine at an early voting location. To opt out, contact your County Clerk by August 31.
Counties will begin mailing ballots to voters no later than September 18, 2021, but some counties will begin before then.
You can check on the status of your vote-by-mail ballot using the Track My Ballot Portal online or you can contact your County Clerk.

You can find your County Clerk contact information here.

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

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 Voter ID Number, a Driver’s License Number, or the last 4 digits of SSN to validate voter registration status. (If you don’t know your Voter ID number, you can obtain it by going to "Voter Search" or contact your Superintendent of Elections or Commissioner of Registration)

Vote-by-mail ballots that are sent through the mail must be postmarked by Election Day, November 2, 2021, and received by the county Board of Elections on or before November 8, 2021. Vote-by-mail ballots that are placed in the county’s secure ballot drop box or delivered in-person to the County Board of Elections must be delivered by 8 pm on Election Day, November 2nd.
Either return your ballot by mail, 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.
Every vote-by-mail ballot that is postmarked on or before November 2, 2021, and that is received by November 8, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. shall be considered valid and shall be canvassed, assuming the ballot meets all other statutory requirements. Additionally, every mail-in ballot that does not bear a postmark date but is received by the county board of elections by delivery of the United States Postal Service before or within forty-eight (48) hours (2 days) of the closing of polls on November 2, 2021, shall be considered valid and shall be canvassed, assuming the ballot meets all other statutory requirements.
It depends on your county. Please call your county clerk to inquire about their procedure.

You can find your County Clerk contact information here.

It depends on your county. Please call your County Clerk.

You can find your County Clerk contact information here.

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. 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.
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 going to mail your ballot, it must be postmarked ON or BEFORE Election Day, November 2, 2021 and received by your county Board of Elections by 8 pm November 8, 2021. 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 or one of the county’s secure authorized ballot drop boxes. 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, November 2, 2021.

“Bearers” FAQs

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 exceed the limit must be REJECTED. 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.

Vote-By-Mail Applications

 

Page Last Updated: 08/17/21

 

 


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