Voting-by-Mail for the 2020 Election in New Jersey
New Jersey is having a primarily Vote-by-Mail election. What does that mean?
According to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 177, all active registered voters will automatically receive a ballot for the General Election on November 3, 2020.
Voters will not be required to apply for vote-by-mail unless they are not living where they are currently registered and receive mail (additional details below).
All official ballots will have postage paid.
Do I need to apply for vote-by-mail? How do I complete my application?
In response to the New Jersey Executive Order 177, voters will need to apply for vote-by-mail if they are not living where they are currently registered and receive mail.
If you are currently registered on campus at a residence hall and do not plan to update your voter registration to your current residence, you must complete an application for vote-by-mail to receive your ballot at your current address.
The deadline to apply by mail for vote-by-mail is by October 23, 2020.
A voter may apply in person at their County Clerk office until Election Day.
Postage is paid on all applications.
Walk-through video coming mid-September!
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:
- 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 to 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-no postage required.
Important note regarding the postal service: Our Center highly suggests that voters who submit their ballots via the US Postal Service submit their ballots before Election Day so there is optimal time for processing.
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.
If you verified your voter registration is correct but have not received your official ballot by October 5, 2020:
- Visit your designated polling location on Election Day and vote provisionally
- Contact the county clerk office for the county for which you are registered to vote in and request a supplemental ballot
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.
Polling Location Information for the 2020 General Election
The General Election on November 3, 2020 will feature new changes to election practices in New Jersey and around the country. As per Executive Order 177, the number of polling locations will be reduced. Our Center encourages all voters to verify their correct polling location in the case they need to vote provisionally, 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 October 19, 2020.
What to Expect on Election Day 2020
Can I vote at a polling location?
Yes, but all voters will be asked to complete a provisional ballot at their polling location. Only voters with a disability will be allowed to vote on the voting machine.
The General Election on November 3, 2020 will feature new changes to election practices in New Jersey and around the country. As per Executive Order 177, the number of polling locations will be reduced. 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 nearest polling location.
Can I drop off my Official Ballot at a Polling Location?
Yes, as per Executive Order 177, 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.
For more information or other options, visit the NJ Division of Elections.
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.
As per Executive Order 177, all voters will be required to vote with a provisional ballot at their designated polling location.
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!
Voting for People with Disabilities
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