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The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State

Lt. Governor Way and the Division of Elections Provide
Key Dates and Timeline for 2023 General Election

TRENTON, NJ, Sept. 14, 2023 – Lieutenant Governor Tahesha Way, who serves as New Jersey’s chief election official, and the New Jersey Division of Elections are reminding candidates and voters of key dates and the upcoming timeline for the November 7, 2023 General Election. This information can also be found by visiting Vote.NJ.Gov or calling 1-877-NJ-Voter (1-877-658-6837).

September 23
Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for General Election

October 17
Voter Registration Deadline for General Election

October 28 - November 5
Early Voting Period

October 31
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election

November 6 – by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for General Election

November 7
General Election Day

November 7
Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the General Election

November 13
Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election

“Voters should be aware of these dates and deadlines as they prepare to participate in the 2023 General Election,” said Lieutenant Governor Tahesha Way. “Voters with questions should seek out information from trusted official sources, like the Division of Election or their county and local election officials. Everything New Jersey voters need to know to cast their ballots can be conveniently found at Vote.NJ.Gov. You can register to vote, find your polling location or a county early voting site, find secure ballot drop boxes, and more.”

“New Jersey’s election officials are working diligently to make sure that every eligible New Jersey voter is able to participate freely and fairly in this year’s election,” said Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Lauren Zyriek Enriquez, who serves as Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Elections. “Every election matters and we are committed to ensuring that voting in New Jersey is safe, simple, and secure.”

Voters should:

  • Visit Vote.NJ.Gov to check their registration status, register online, or update their registration.
  • Find their current polling location using Vote.NJ.Gov’s Polling Location Tool and decide whether they will vote in person or request a mail-in ballot.

Eligible registered voters can apply for a mail-in ballot by following the instructions found at VOTE.NJ.GOV or contacting their County Clerk. Voters will not automatically receive a mail-in ballot to participate in the 2023 General Election. Instructions to vote by mail include:

  • Go to the Vote-By-Mail page on VOTE.NJ.GOV to download and print an Application for Mail-in Ballot. Then, mail or deliver the completed application to the appropriate local County Clerk. To be sent a ballot by mail for the November 7 General Election, the application must be received by October 31.
  • Apply in person at a voter’s local County Clerk office by 3:00 p.m. on November 6 for the November 7 General Election. Find the contact details at VOTE.NJ.GOV.

Returning a mail-in ballot is once again as easy as VOTE, SIGN, SEAL, RETURN. Return options include:

  • Mail: It must be postmarked by 8 p.m. November 7 and received by November 13.
  • Secure Ballot Drop Box: Place it in one of their county’s secure ballot drop boxes in use by 8 p.m. November 7 for the General Election. Drop box locations can be found at VOTE.NJ.GOV.
  • Board of Elections Office: Deliver in person to the county Board of Elections by 8 p.m. November 7
  • NOTE: Mail-in ballots CANNOT be returned to polling places.

For full details on the 2023 General Election, visit VOTE.NJ.GOV, contact local election officials, or call the Voter Information and Assistance Line at 1-877-NJ-Voter (1-877-658-6837).


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