COVID-19 info

  • The dates and deadlines listed below are not applicable for the November 2020 general election. All voters who register in New Jersey by October 13, 2020 will automatically receive a mail-in ballot for the November Election.
  • New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub, State of New Jersey

New Jersey absentee ballot deadlines

Request deadlines

  • In Person: Received by 3pm, the day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

Ballot deadlines

  • Voted ballots are due: Postmarked by Election Day and received 7 days after the election by 8PM.

New Jersey absentee ballot rules

Any registered New Jersey voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

New Jersey absentee ballot directions

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it's close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Once you receive your ballot...

  1. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Sign and date where indicated.
  3. Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
  4. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.