also known as “early voting” or “voting by mail”
In 2020, the last day you can apply to receive a ballot by mail is June 30 for the Primary election.
Want to check the status of your mail-in ballot? Follow these steps:
- First, make sure you are registered to vote.
- Next, sign up for an NJ Department of Elections public access account.
- Once you’re logged in, click on the “Mail-in Ballot” button. Your entire history of mail-in ballots will be listed here – if your ballot hasn’t been received yet, it won’t be listed.
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.
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.
Note: Due to COVID-19, the number of polling places in each town will be reduced for the July 7 primary. This will follow the guidelines specified in Executive Order 144.
The Primary Election on July 7, 2020 is being conducted primarily by mail.
If you have a disability and need an accessible ballot, vote at a polling place on election day, where you’ll be given a headset and accessible device to allow you to cast your votes.
All other voters are strongly encouraged to vote by mail. If you come to a polling place, you will only be allowed to vote using a provisional (paper) ballot.