Casting Your Vote
Voting-by-Mail for the 2021 Election in New Jersey
Do I need to apply for vote-by-mail? How do I complete my application?
If you are currently registered to vote and would like to vote by mail, you must complete your county application for vote-by-mail to receive your ballot at your current address.
The deadline to apply by mail for vote-by-mail is Tuesday October 26, 2021.
A voter may apply in person at their County Clerk office until Monday November 1, 2021 at 3:00pm.
Check your local county application to verify whether postage is required.
Last updated October 12, 2021.
Important note for applying for vote-by-mai: If you wish for your ballot to come to an address other than the one you are registered, be sure to fill out Box 4 on the application.
Make sure to check your voter registration status to verify where you are currently registered to vote.
I received an official ballot. Now what?
Watch our step-by-step video on how to complete your official ballot!
Submit your ballot through the following methods by 8PM on Election Day:
- Drop off your official ballot in person at your designated polling location. Scroll for more information on polling locations.
- Drop off your official ballot at your county’s designated secure dropbox locations
- Drop off your ballot in person at your County Board of Elections office- you must bring identification (any form of identification with name, address and signature).
- Mail your official ballot via the postal service-all ballots must be postmarked by November 2, 2021.
I haven't received my official ballot. What now?
If you have not received your official ballot for vote-by-mail, you could be experiencing one of the following:
- You are not currently residing at the location you receive mail i.e. living off-campus and typically receive mail on campus
- You have recently moved and have not updated your voter registration to reflect your new address
Our Center encourages voters to check their voter registration status and verify the correct mailing address is on file or apply for vote-by-mail if you are not currently living at the address you receive mail.
I am an out-of-state student. How do I apply for vote-by-mail in my home state?
If you are registered to vote in a state other than New Jersey, visit the RU Voting National site for state specific resources for vote-by-mail.
Is there a way to check if my ballot was received and counted?
Voters can verify whether their official ballot was received and counted towards the election in which they voted in by creating an account in the New Jersey Voter Registration System.
Create an account here.
Early Voting for the 2021 Election
What is Early Voting?
For the first time ever, New Jersey voters will have the opportunity to vote early at an early voting site in their county. Beginning October 23, 2021 until October 31, 2021, registered New Jersey voters can vote on a voting machine at a designated early voting site in their county. Each county’s Board of Elections are responsible for designating 7 to 10 early voting sites.
Early voting sites will utilize electronic poll books instead of traditional paper poll books. Electronic poll books allows voters to visit any early voting site in the county in which they are registered to vote.
How long will early voting last?
Early voting in New Jersey will begin on Saturday October 23, 2021 and run through Sunday October 31, 2021.
The hours of operation at designated early voting sites are as follows:
Monday through Saturday: 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Where is the early voting site in my county?
Find your Early Voting site here.
Be mindful that early voting sites will not be utilized on Election Day, November 2, 2021!
Middlesex County Early Voting Sites:
- Piscataway: John F. Kennedy Library, 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, 08854
- New Brunswick: New Brunswick Free Public Library, 60 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick 08901
- Woodbridge: Acacia Youth Center, 95 Port Reading Ave, Woodbridge 07095
- Edison: Edison Senior Center, 2963 Woodbridge Ave, Edison 08837
- Monroe: Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe, 08831
- Old Bridge: Veterans Park Recreation, 1254 Englishtown Road, Old Bridge, 08857
- Perth Amboy: Alexander F. Jankowski Community Center, 1 Olive Street, Perth Amboy, 08861
- Sayreville: Sayreville Senior Center, 423 Main Street, Sayreville, 08872
- Monmouth Junction: Community Center-Woodlot Park, 124 New Road, Monmouth Junction, 08852
- East Brunswick: East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, 08816
Last updated on October 12, 2021.
Polling Location Information for the 2021 Election
Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, polling locations that were previously utilized may have changed. Our Center encourages all voters to verify their correct polling location for voting in-person, casting a provisional ballot or would like to drop off their official ballots in person.
Polling Location Hours: 6:00AM to 8:00PM
Registered on Campus? Find your Polling Location here.
Registered Off-Campus? Find your polling place here.
Last updated August 4, 2021.
What to Expect on Election Day 2021
Can I vote at a polling location?
Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, your polling location may have changed.
Our Center encourages voters to check their voter registration status to verify the correct polling location they should visit on Election Day.
Each voter will receive notification by mail from their County Clerk office specifying their correct polling location.
Can I drop off my Official Ballot at a Polling Location?
Yes, actively registered voters may return their completed official ballot to their designated polling location.
Voters should not return official ballots to a polling location that is not their normally utilized polling location (i.e. polling locations in a different county).
What should I wear?
NJ law prohibits voters from displaying campaign buttons or campaign clothing, such as hats or t-shirts, in polling places.
Any person who enters a polling place wearing a campaign button or campaign clothing will be asked to remove, cover up or turn the clothing inside out.
Should I bring my ID on Election Day?
New Jersey Residents
You do not have to provide ID to vote in NJ unless you did not provide identification information when you registered or if you are a first time registrant by mail in New Jersey, and the identification information you gave could not be verified (i.e., your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number). If you are not sure if any of these situations apply to you, then you should bring ID. Even if you did provide the proper identification at your registration, just to be safe, we recommend that you bring some form of identification anyway.
Here are some accepted forms of identification: State issued driver’s license, Military or Government ID, Student ID, Car registration, Sample Ballot, Government check or document
Out of State Residents
Click here for voter ID requirements for your state.
What does it mean to vote provisionally?
Provisional ballots are paper ballots that are used at the polling place on Election Day in the cases a voters eligibility cannot be confirmed at the polls.
Our Center encourages all New Jersey voters to track their provisional ballot by creating an account on the New Jersey Division of Elections website.
Learn more about Provisional Ballots!
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Voting Rights Assistance for Election Day 2021
If you think you are a victim of voter suppression or voter intimidation, contact 866ourvote.org for assistance.
Election Protection Hotlines
- English: (866) 867-8683
- Spanish: (888) 839-8682
- Asian Languages: (888) 274-8683
- Arabic: (844) 925-5287
If you are looking for New Jersey-specific assistance, contact the New Jersey Division of Elections at (1-877) 658- 6837