Election Day Voting
Every year two elections are held – the Primary (in June) and General Election (in November). The Primary election determines which candidate for a political party will be eligible to run in the General election. The General election determines who will win the position.
In 2020, Primary Election Day is July 7 (postponed due to COVID-19), and General Election Day is November 3.
also known as “early voting” or “voting by mail”
Early voting in New Jersey is done via a Mail-in Ballot, whether you are early voting by mail or in person.
In order to vote early, you must apply for a Mail-in Ballot. Mail-in Ballots are available 45 days before an election.
In 2020, the last day you can apply to receive a ballot by mail is June 30 for the Primary election.
Mail-in Ballots can also be picked up or filled out in person until 3 p.m. the Monday prior to an election.
Federal Overseas Voting
also known as “absentee voting” or “military and overseas voting”
If you are a US citizen living outside the US, or an active duty member of the military or their spouse/dependent, you are eligible for a federal overseas ballot.
Absentee ballot applications in 2020 are due on July 3 for the Primary election.