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 on campus at a residence hall and do not plan to update your voter registration to your current residence, 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 by June 1, 2021.

A voter may apply in person at their County Clerk office until June 7, 2021 at 3:00pm.

Postage is paid on all applications.

Last Updated December 17, 2020.

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.

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:

  1. Drop off your official ballot in person at your designated polling location. Scroll for more information on polling locations.
  2. Drop off your official ballot at your county’s designated secure dropbox locations
  3. 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).
  4. Mail your official ballot via the postal service-no postage required.

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:

  1. You are not currently residing at the location you receive mail i.e. living off-campus and typically receive mail on campus
  2. 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:

  1. Visit your designated polling location on Election Day and vote provisionally
  2. 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 2021 Election

Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains unclear whether the New Jersey Primary election on June 8, 2021 will feature changes to polling locations.  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 December 17, 2020.

What to Expect on Election Day 2021

Can I vote at a polling location?

Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains unclear whether the New Jersey Primary election on June 8, 2021 will feature changes to polling locations.

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,  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!

Voting Rights Assistance for Election Day 2021

If you think you are a victim of voter suppression or voter intimidation, contact 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