The 2020 General Election will not be like past general elections, Gov. Phil Murphy said. Here is what you need to know about the upcoming election.
When is election day?
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
What are the key dates for this year's election?
Vote-by-mail deadline: Nov. 3 (8 p.m.)
Ballots must be postmarked or placed in drop box.
Who is eligible to vote?
You have to register to vote before Election Day in New Jersey. (You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.)
To register in New Jersey you must:
• be a citizen of the United States
• be at least 17 years old (you must be 18 to vote)
• be a resident of the State and county 30 days before the election
How do I receive a ballot if I’m away at college or in the military?
If not living in your home county, contact your home county registrar to change your mailing address for vote-by-mail ballots. Previously, these would have been absentee ballots. The term “absentee ballot” was changed in July 2009 and was replaced by the vote-by-mail-ballot law that allowed a voter to request a ballot by mail for any reason.
For complete treatment of military voting, see fvap.gov/military-voter.
How can I vote?
By mail-in (VBM) ballot, or by a provisional ballot at the polls.
Who are the local candidates?
This year's election is highlighted by the Presidential race between incumbent Republican Donald J. Trump and challenger Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Democrat.
In the 2nd Congressional District, Republican incumbent Jeff Van Drew is being challenged by Democrat Amy Kennedy.
To see what races for school board are happening in your community, go here.
What local ballot questions are there this year?
- Voters in Margate will be asked if they want to build a new beachfront boardwalk. If voters decide to go forward with the project, the city could appropriate $285,000 for a feasibility study,
- Voters in Cape May City will be asked to approve a new public safety building. A "yes" vote would approve the bond, and act as a referendum on the plans for a new building. But a second citizen group has gotten another question on the ballot, which would fund only the reconstruction of the firehouse, setting the stage for an unusual campaign running up to the election. That includes an estimated cost of $5 million.
Are there any statewide questions this year?
There are three statewide questions on the ballot in November, each asking:
1. Whether to legalize for recreational use a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis."
2. Whether to give a $250 property tax deduction to veterans who did not serve in time of war, and to give a 100% property tax exemption to certain totally disabled veterans who did not serve in time of war.
3. Whether to change when new legislative districts are created if the federal census data is delayed.
Will I be able to vote in person?
If you do vote in person, you will be given a provisional paper ballot.
Atlantic County will open a minimum of 50% of its regularly used polling places, the BOE must utilize schools or other large facilities to serve as large voting centers to accommodate more voting districts in one polling place.
Who can vote via machine at polling places?
Anyone who signs an affidavit stating he or she has a handicap that makes it impossible to vote using a paper ballot may use the machine.
Where can I find my polling place?
Registered voters will receive a postcard in the mail stating their polling place. The information also is available on your county clerk or board of elections websites. You can also visit, voter.svrs.nj.gov/polling-place-search
Am I required to wear a mask if I go to the polls?
All voters are asked to wear a mask and follow social-distancing guidelines.
What if I need help voting at the polls?
You are permitted to bring someone of your choice into the voting booth to assist you with voting if you cannot read or write English or have a disability. You also can request special assistance from a poll worker.
How can you turn in your mail-in ballot?
• By mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3
• Secure drop box: Placed in a drop box at multiple locations in each county by 8 p.m. Nov. 3
• In person: Delivered to your county’s board of elections by 8 p.m. Nov. 3
They also can be delivered to a poll worker on Election Day, but only if the voter goes to his/her assigned polling place and leaves only his/her personal ballot. Voters cannot drop off ballots for others at polling places.
Drop box locations in Atlantic County include:
Absecon Municipal Building, 500 Mill Road
Atlantic County Office Building (in Police & Firemen Plaza between City Hall and the County Office Building), 1333 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City
Brigantine Municipal Hall, 1417 W. Brigantine Blvd.
Buena Vista Township Municipal Hall, 890 Harding Highway
Egg Harbor Township Municipal Hall, 3515 Bargaintown Road
Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave.
Galloway Township Municipal Hall (on court chambers side), 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Road
- Historic Court House Complex, 5901 Main St., Mays Landing
Hammonton Municipal Hall, 100 Central Ave.
Northfield Municipal Hall, 1600 Shore Road
Pleasantville Municipal Hall, 18 N. First Street
Somers Point Municipal Hall, 1 W. New Jersey Ave.
Ventnor Municipal Hall, 6201 Atlantic Ave.
Drop box locations in Cape May County include:
- Lower Township Public Safety Building (court entrance), 405 Breakwater Road, Erma
- County Clerk’s Office, 7 N. Main St., Cape May Court House
- County Public Works Building, 536 Woodbine-Ocean View Road
- Sea Isle City Library, 4800 Central Ave.
- Stone Harbor Library, 9516 2nd Ave.
- Upper Twp. Municipal Hall, 2100 Tuckahoe Road, Petersburg
- Wildwood Municipal Hall, 4400 New Jersey Ave.
- Ocean City Municipal Hall, 861 Asbury Ave.
- Cape May Municipal Hall, 643 Washington St.
- Lower Township Municipal Hall, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas
- Martin Luther King Center, 207 W. Main St., Whitesboro
Drop box locations in Cumberland County include:
Bridgeton City Hall, 181 East Commerce St.
Cumberland County Library, 800 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton
Commercial Township Municipal Building, 1768 Main Street, Port Norris
Maurice River Municipal Building, 590 Main St., Leesburg
Millville Municipal Building, 12 S. High St.
Cumberland County Technical Education Center, 3400 College Drive, Vineland
Vineland City Hall, 640 E. Wood St.
Cumberland County Division of Social Services, 275 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland
Deerfield Municipal Building, 736 Landis Ave., Bridgeton
Hopewell Municipal Building, 590 Shiloh Pike, Bridgeton.
Drop box locations in Southern Ocean County include:
Ocean County Southern Service Center, 179 S. Main Street, Manahawkin
Can I take someone else’s ballot to a drop box, post office or to the Board of Elections?
As a bearer, a voter may take up to three ballots for others to a drop box, post office or to the Board of Elections. New amendments to state law allow voters to act as bearers for up to five others, if they are immediate family members or are residing in the same household as the bearer.
How can I track my ballot?
Sign up for an account at nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot.shtml
What is the last day a postmarked vote-by-mail ballot may be accepted?
What if I make a mistake on my ballot?
Contact your county clerk to request a replacement ballot.
What if I didn’t receive my ballot?
Contact your county clerk to report it and request one be sent. If you are a registered voter and never received a vote-by-mail ballot, go to your designated polling place on Election Day and vote with a provisional paper ballot.
Where is my county board of elections?
Atlantic County: Historic Court House Complex, 5903 Main St., Mays Landing
Cape May County: 10 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House
Cumberland County: 555 Shiloh Pike, Bridgeton
Ocean County: 129 Hooper Ave., Toms River
What’s the difference between absentee and mail-in voting?
A ballot that has been sent to a voter and is voted outside of a polling place or election official’s office has traditionally been referred to as an “absentee ballot” and the person who votes that ballot has been called an “absentee voter.” This terminology is common in state law and comes from the concept that voters would use this option only when they were “absent” from their neighborhood polling place on Election Day.
As time has gone on and more and more voters request a ballot in advance as their default voting method, and as states have begun offering more opportunities for voters to do so, the terminology has evolved. Some states refer to “advance ballots,” “mailed ballots,” “by-mail ballots,” “mail ballots” or “vote-by-mail ballots.”
Where can I receive additional information?
Visit Vote.NJ.Gov for full details, drop box and polling locations, and more answers to frequently asked questions. You may also contact your local election officials, or call the N.J. Voter Information and Assistance Line at 877-NJ-VOTER (877-658-6837).
• Voters may return only their own mail-in ballot to their designated polling place.
• All public primary and secondary schools will be closed to in-person instruction so the facilities can be used as polling places, if needed.
• Voters who appear at a polling place shall vote via a provisional ballot, and the board of elections must then make sure the voter did not also return a vote-by-mail ballot before counting the provisional ballot.
• Every vote-by-mail ballot that is postmarked on or before Nov. 3, and is received by 8 p.m. Nov. 10 shall be considered valid and shall be counted (assuming it meets all statutory requirements).
• Voters whose ballots are rejected for a missing or inconsistent signature will be sent a “cure letter” that gives them the chance to fix what is wrong so the ballot may be counted.
• Vote-by-mail ballots are two-sided. Remember to fill out both sides. And do not detach the perforated flap from the envelope for your filled out ballot! Election workers will need to verify the information on that flap to be sure your address and signature is valid. Then they will detach the flap before opening the envelope, so no one will be able to see how any individual votes.