Voting: Election 2020
Election 2020 is Vote-By-Mail in NJ
Due to COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy has signed an Executive Order stating that voting in the November general election in New Jersey will be done by mail.
The only exceptions to the vote-by-mail requirement will be those who are visually impaired. Specialized voting booths will be at selected locations for individuals who require them in order to vote.
Returning Your VBM Ballot
Important Election Dates & Deadlines
Party Affiliation Change
An affiliation change must be made at least 55 days prior to Primary Election date. Access the NJ State Political Party Affiliation Form (PDF).
Voters must register at least 21 days before the Election date. A New Jersey resident who is at least 17 years of age may pre-register to vote, but cannot vote until reaching the age of 18.
The Clerk’s office holds a nighttime voter registration until 9 p.m. on the 21st day before the election.
Vote by Mail Ballots (formerly known as Absentee Ballots)
An Application to Vote by Mail (PDF) must be received by the Essex County Clerk not less than 7 days before the Election by mail, or by 3 p.m. in person, the day before the Election. Only the person applying to Vote by Mail can pick up the ballot in person. In case of illness, a messenger can obtain a Vote by Mail ballot from the County Clerk’s office upon presentation of a request signed by the voter. Once a person applies for the Vote By Mail ballot, they cannot vote in person at the polls.
Contact the Essex County Clerk
Essex County Hall of Records
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102
Essex County Clerk
P.O. Box 690
Newark, NJ 07101-0690