Voter Information and Resources
Who can vote?
Voters must meet the following criteria:
- Be a United States citizen
- Be at least 17 years of age (18 by election date to vote)
- Have lived in the state you are registering to vote in for at least 30 days prior to election
- Not currently serving a sentence, on parole, or probation for an indictable offense in the state of registration or any other state in the United States.
How do I register to vote?
The deadline for registering to vote in the General Election is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
Here are the ways you can register to vote:
- Register to vote online at https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/register
- Fill-out a Voter Registration Application Form
- New Jersey Voter Registration Application Form in English (Essex County)
- Solicitud de Inscripción de Votante de New Jersey (Essex County)
- Visit https://vote.gov/ and select your state to download and print a Voter Registration Form.
Voter Registration Forms should be mailed to the County Commissioner of Registration or the Superintendent of Elections for the county. Visit New Jersey Division of Elections and select your county for the mailing address.
Essex County Address is:
Superintendent of Elections/Commissioner of Registration
Edna Y. Baugh
Address: Superintendent of Elections, Hall of Records,
465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Fourth Floor, Room 417 A, Newark, NJ 07102
Office Hours: 8:30am-4:00pm
Please note: Due to current circumstances, mail may take longer than anticipated. Please plan accordingly.
- Register to vote in-person at one of the following locations:
- State or local election office
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Armed Services Recruitement Centers
- State and Public Assistances Centers (such as SNAP or WIC)
- County Clerk's Office up until 3:00 PM the day prior to the election
Essex County Clerk
Christopher J. Durkin
Address: Hall of Records, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Room 247, Newark, NJ 07102
(For regular mail delivery use P.O. Box 690, Newark, NJ 07101-0690)
Office Hours: 8:30am-4:00pm
If you are unsure if you are registered to vote, you can check your Voter Information.
When do I vote?
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is the General Election.
Official Election Ballots will be mailed to all registered New Jersey voters by Monday, October 5, 2020. Per Executive Order 177, "active" registered voters in New Jersey do not need to request a Vote By Mail Application.
Registered voters will receive notification from their county officials of their local polling place, the website address to locate their polling locations, locations of secure ballot boxes, and where to view sample ballots prior to the General Election.
- All voters will receive PREPAID return postage vote-by-mail (absentee) ballots.
- No sample ballots will be mailed. You will only receive your offical ballot. Sample ballots may be requested and will be available at polling locations (and possibly online).
- All public schools are to close to in-person instruction November 3, 2020.
How Can I Vote?
There are three (3) ways to vote in 2020:
- Vote in-person at your local polling location by casting a Provisional Ballot in person
- Vote by Mail* (Absentee/Mail-In Ballot)
- Mail-In Ballots can be handed to a poll worker at your polling location on Election Day
- Mail-In Ballots can be dropped in a secure drop box in your county
- Mail-In Ballots can be returned by the USPS (postage is pre-paid)
Mail-In Ballots can be returned at any time via USPS as long as they meet the criteria set forth by Executive Order 177 by Governor Murphy. Voters are able to track their Mail-In Ballots by creating an account with the New Jersey Division of Elections.
*Vote by Mail/Absentee Ballots returned through the USPS
Due to current circumstances, mail may take longer than anticipated. Please plan accordingly. Below are the deadlines for Mail-in Ballots.
- Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3
- Mailed ballots must be received no later than 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 10 (with the 11/3/20 postmark)
- Mailed ballots without postmarks received by 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 5 will be valid.
What Do I Do If My Mail-In Ballot Signature is Challenged?
New Jersey uses a signature verification method for Mail-In Ballots. If your ballot is challenged, there are steps you can take. The State of New Jersey in the July 2020 Primary Election allowed voters to submit a "cure letter" when their signatures were challenged. Voters received notification that of the signature challenge as well as the option of filling out a form and submitting it and identification confirmation to their local Board of Elections. New Jersey Chief Counsel Matt Platkin, advocates, and Legislature is working to refine the process for the general election. In July 2020, The Ballot Cure Act, NJ A4276, was presented. It is currently before Committee. Information will be updated as the bill's status changes.