Gov. Murphy Announces Predominantly Mail-In Election in November
All Ballots to be Mailed by County Clerks by Oct. 5
On Friday, August 14, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy announced announced that the General Election in New Jersey this November will employ primarily a vote-by-mail balloting system.
The Governor, at his public briefing, said that all active registered voters will automatically receive a prepaid, return-postage vote-by-mail ballot.
For an informational flyer on what you need to know to vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election, click here.
Voters will be able return ballots:
The state’s new online voter registration system is up and running, giving new voters an added ability to ensure they can register to vote. The deadline for registering to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
“Our plan is built around a simple principle: Making sure voting is safe for you and secure for democracy,” said the Governor.
All ballots being returned through the U.S. Postal System must:
Ballots that lack postmarks due to postal error and received by 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 will be considered valid.
Learn about the vote-by-mail process from Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi by clicking here.
Voters will be able to track their mail-in ballot by clicking here.
An account is required, and can be set-up at the above mentioned link.
The New Jersey Votes - 2020 NJ Voter Information Portal website can be accessed by visiting Vote.NJ.Gov
In addition, the Governor’s order requires the following:
On Election Day, ALL public schools will close to in-person instruction to facilitate use of the building as an in-person polling place.
If you choose to go to the polls you will receive a provisional paper ballot. No voting machines will be used in this election. Accommodations will be made for voters with disabilities.
A provisional paper ballot are ballots that are only counted once all mail-in-ballots have been counted, as they must be looked at individually and not read by a machine. We encourage all those that wish to vote by provisional ballot to do so only if you did not receive your vote-by-mail ballot in the mail, or it was destroyed, thrown away, soiled, etc. Voting by provisional ballot makes the counting process longer.