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New Jersey vote by mail guide

New Jersey vote by mail deadlines

  • Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A
  • Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 27, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 3, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020

New Jersey vote by mail rules

  • New Jersey will send every registered voter a mail-in ballot for the November 3, 2020 election.
  • You can still a request a one-time absentee ballot if you will be away from home during a specific election.
  • For the November 3, 2020 election, all counties will have at least 10 mail-in ballot drop off boxes.

New Jersey vote by mail ID requirements

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.

New Jersey vote by mail directions

  • New Jersey will automatically send a mail-in ballot to every registered voter for the November 3, 2020 election.
  • If you need to update your mailing address permanently, register to vote again using your new mailing address.
  • If you need to update your mailing address temporarily -- because you will be out of town for the November 3, 2020 election -- request a one-time absentee ballot.

How to vote by mail

  1. Carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Fill out all of the required fields.
  3. Sign and date the outside envelope.
  4. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your Local Election Office. You can also hand-deliver your ballot to a state-provided dropbox.
  5. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.

Two important things to note:

  1. The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
  2. The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.

Questions? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about voting by mail in New Jersey.

Statewide election office

New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety
Division of Elections
PO BOX 304
Trenton, NJ 08625‐0304