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 on or before 8:00 p.m. November 2 and be received by your county’s Board of Elections on or before November 8.
Delivered by Election Day, November 2 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
All voters can request a mail-in ballot.
If you didn't receive your ballot, contact your elections office for any last-minute or emergency options.
How to return your ballot
Drop it off in person:
- At a secure ballot drop-off location.
- Find a ballot drop-off location near you at your local elections website.
- 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.
Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...
Be sure to sign the declaration on the return envelope.
Seal inner and outer envelopes.
Closely follow all instructions to ensure your ballot is counted.
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.
Early voting is voting in person before Election Day, which is usually less crowded than going on Election Day itself. Early voting methods vary, so check the options available in your area.
Saturday, October 23 through Sunday, October 31, early voting locations are open for in-person early voting. Voting locations will be open Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
- To find your early voting location, check with your local elections office.
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 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.
At least one voting location is open in each area on Election Day.
- Find a location near you at your elections website.
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.
How to find your accessible options for the general election in New Jersey.
The best way to learn exactly what options are available to you is at your state and local elections office.
- Visit the state election information page for the accessible options required in your state.
- Visit or call your local elections office for details of hours and locations.
Accessible voting by mail in New Jersey
If you can mark, verify and cast a paper mail-in ballot privately and independently, voting by mail is a healthy option, especially if you can use a drop-off location to return your ballot.
For the November 2, 2021 general election in New Jersey:
- All voters can request a mail-in ballot.
- Postage is pre-paid, so you don’t need a stamp.
- You can track your ballot online.
Accessible tools for voting by mail
New Jersey has an accessible vote-by-mail program, Accessible Vote-by-Mail, that allows voters with disabilities to receive and mark a mail-in ballot electronically. You may have to request access to the program. To use accessible tools for voting by mail, typically you:
- Download an electronic ballot
- Mark the ballot on your personal computer, with your own assistive technology
- Print the ballot and voter’s signature form
- Sign the form, and seal the ballot in an envelope
- Return it by mail or in-person
Be sure to check with your local elections office for information about how to use the accessible voting by mail program and information about additional options for dropping off your ballot.
Accessible voting in person
For the November 2, 2021 general election in New Jersey:
- At least one voting location is open in each area on Election Day.
Federal law requires that every in-person voting location has at least 1 accessible voting system. Look for information about how to use the accessible voting systems on the state accessibility information page or contact your local elections office.
Based on changing public health guidance and state policy, voting locations may change before the election or several polling places may be consolidated into one larger location. Check your local election office for up to date information about voting locations and opening hours.
If you have a choice of when to vote, in-person voting locations are usually less crowded mid-morning or early afternoon.
Voters with disabilities may be able to use an accessible voting system at the elections office before Election Day.
Other accessible voting options
Ask your local elections office about whether these accessible voting options are available:
- Ballot delivery to your home or a “ride to the polls” program.
- Curbside or drive-up voting, so you don’t have to get out of your car.
- Election and voting information in large print, audio, or Braille versions.
- Any requirements to have someone assist you in marking and casting your ballot.
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