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. 

View locations of secure Essex County Election Ballot Drop Boxes here.

2020 Ballots

Every registered Republican and Democratic voter will automatically be mailed a Vote-By-Mail (VBM) Ballot for the November 3 General Election.

Unaffiliated/undeclared voters will be mailed an application to request a VBM Ballot.

Livingston will have 2 polling places open on November 3:

  • Livingston Senior/Community Center – 204 Hillside Avenue, Lower Level, Tahaney Room 2
  • Livingston Town Hall  357 S. Livingston Avenue, First Floor

These two polling places will only provide:

  1.  ADA-compliant visually impaired audio voting
  2.  Provisional paper ballots

Please note that the Provisional Paper Ballot is similar to a VBM Ballot.

All are urged to use their VBM Ballot. Provisional Ballots are counted last and must be checked against the VBM Ballots that have already been cast before they are accepted and canvassed. 

Returning Your VBM Ballot

VBM Ballots can be mailed at the Post Office, placed in a standard mailbox, or placed in an Essex County Mail-In Ballot Drop-Off Box.

The Ballot Box in Livingston will be located at Livingston Town Hall, 357 S. Livingston Avenue.

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).

Voter Registration

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.

Evening Registration

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

Physical Address:    

Essex County Hall of Records
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-621-4921

Mailing Address:

Essex County Clerk      
P.O. Box 690
Newark, NJ 07101-0690