Skip to main content
  • COVID-19 Information
COVID-19 is still active. Wear a mask. Social distance. Stay up to date on vaccine information. Visit: covid19.nj.gov
COVID19 Alert NJDownload free COVID Alert app.
Visit covid19.nj.gov/app
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

Frequently Asked Questions

About the November 2, 2021 General Election

Download a printable version of the FAQs

 

Voting Options for the General Election

You may:

  • Apply for a vote-by-mail ballot and return it one of the following ways:
    1. 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.
    2. Secure Ballot Drop Box: Place it in one of your county’s secure ballot drop boxes by 8:00 p.m. on November 2. Drop box locations can be found at Vote.NJ.Gov.
    3. 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’ contact information can be found at Vote.NJ.Gov.
  • In-Person Early Voting for the General Election begins on Saturday, October 23 through Sunday, October 31st, 2021. Each NJ county will hold nine (9) days of early, in-person machine voting. Each county, depending on its size, will designate a minimum of 3 to 10 voting locations for early in-person voting purposes. Early voting locations will be open from at least 10 am to 8 pm on Mondays through Saturdays, and from at least 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays. Go to Vote.NJ.Gov for your early voting sites.
  • In-Person Voting on Election Day, November 2, at your polling place, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Accommodations will be made for voters with disabilities. Go to Vote.NJ.Gov for your polling place, listed on the Polling Locations page. NOTE: Vote-by-mail ballots CANNOT be returned to your polling place for this election.

Voting In-Person FAQs

Yes, there is an in-person (polling place/vote center) early voting period for the General Election that begins on October 23, 2021.

Each NJ county will hold nine (9) days of early, in-person machine voting ending on Sunday, October 31, 2021. Each county, depending on its size will designate a minimum of 3 to 10 voting locations for early in-person voting purposes. Early voting polling locations will be open from at least 10 am to 8 pm on Mondays through Saturdays, and from at least 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays.

Voters will also be able to return their vote-by-mail ballots early at a secure ballot drop box, via mail, or in person to their Board of Elections office. Dropbox locations can be found on the 2021 New Jersey Voter Information Portal.

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.
Circumstances may change. As of now, all voters are asked to wear a face covering and observe appropriate social distancing.
Yes, if you choose to leave a race or question blank, your other votes will still be counted.
No, this is a General Election.

In a General Election you do not have to vote for the candidate(s) of the same party. Please remember to check the back and any additional pages of your ballot to ensure that you have reviewed all offices up for election and any ballot questions.

Voter Registration FAQs

October 12th, 2021.

The Voter Registration Deadline is 21 days before the election.

Voters can register to vote on online or by filling out a paper registration form.
Voters can check their voter registration status on the "Am I Registered?" page on the New Jersey Voter Information Portal.
An Inactive voter is a voter whose address has come into question.

The main way the counties receive this information is via the sample ballots that are sent prior to each election. If a sample ballot is returned as undeliverable or indicates the voter has moved out of county/state, that voter is put into an “Inactive” status and is sent a confirmation notice informing them that they have until the second federal general election after the date of the notice to update their voting record or appear to vote and complete the necessary form or they will be removed from the voting rolls.

Inactive voters do not get sample ballots and are not eligible to receive a vote by mail ballot until they are put back into an Active status. To update your record to active status through the online voter registration or using a paper registration form.

Poll Worker FAQs

Submit an application to be a poll worker.

Citizens, including college and high school students, are encouraged to apply. Training is required and will be provided. For the 2021 General Election, poll workers will also be compensated for training. This is a great opportunity to earn additional money and participate in our democracy.

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 ballot without a postmark, and ballots mismarked and confirmed by the post office that those ballots were received by the post office on or before November 2, 2021, and that is received by the County Boards of Elections from the United States Postal Service within one hundred and forty-four (144) hours (6 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.

Secure Ballot Drop Box FAQs

A ballot drop box is a secure, locked structure operated by election officials where voters may deliver their ballots from the time they receive them in the mail up to the time polls close at 8 pm on Election Day, November 2, 2021. There will be at least 10 drop boxes located throughout each county, which will be available 24 hours a day. Drop boxes will be under surveillance by security cameras and collected daily by county election officials.

“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.

Signature Verification/Matching FAQs

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.

 

Page Last Updated: 08/20/21

 

 


Back
to top