Healthy Voting in New Jersey

For the July 7, 2020 primary election in New Jersey

  • All active voters are mailed a ballot.

  • Secure ballot drop-off locations are available.

  • Limited polling locations are open on Election Day.

Healthy Voting tips

Voting by mail is a healthy option because it lets you maintain physical distance and helps reduce crowding at in-person voting centers.

If you go out to vote - whether to drop off a ballot or vote in person - follow these common-sense precautions:

  • Wear a mask or other face covering.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

If you are sick or concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, seek medical care. If you don’t have an absentee ballot, contact your local election office for guidance about your voting options.


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Voting by mail is a healthy option because you vote at home. If you go out at all, it's only to mail or drop off your ballot.

Deadline to return your ballot
Postmarked by Election Day, July 7 and received by July 14 for mailed ballots
OR
Delivered by Election Day, July 7 at 8:00 pm to a drop-off location

Postage is pre-paid, so you don’t need a stamp.

You can track your ballot online.

How to get your ballot

Ballots are mailed to voters registered with a party. Other voters will get a ballot request form to choose a party.

The deadline to request a ballot is June 30, 2020.

You can:

  • Fill out and return the request form you received in the mail.
  • Download, print, and mail a request form.

Remember:

  • You must sign the form in ink.

If you missed the deadline to request a ballot, contact your elections office for any last-minute or emergency options.

How to return your ballot

Mail it:

  • Put it in your own mailbox for the mail carrier to collect.
  • Put it in a Post Office blue mailbox.
  • Take it to a post office.

Return it in person:

  • At a secure ballot drop-off location.

Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...

  • Be sure to sign the declaration on the return envelope.

  • You don't need a stamp because postage is pre-paid.

Healthy tips for voting by mail in New Jersey

  • If you return your ballot at a mailbox or drop box, wash your hands afterwards for 20 seconds.
  • If you go out to drop off your ballot, practice physical distancing and wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself and others.
More tips for healthy voting by mail →

When you vote in person on Election Day, you go to a voting center to mark and cast your ballot in person. Voting centers also have accessible voting systems and language access options.

At least one polling place in each municipality is open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Except for voters with disabilities, all in-person Election Day voting is on provisional ballots.

At least one voting location is open in each area on Election Day.

Healthy tips for voting in person on Election Day in New Jersey

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your in-person voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you can, go when the voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person →

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