HOW TO FILL OUT YOUR BALLOT:
Watch this video for step-by-step instructions.
If your ballot has been lost or damaged, visit here for options.
HOW TO RETURN YOUR BALLOT:
You have several options.
CARRY IT TO A SECURE BALLOT DROPBOX in the county where you are registered. You must deliver it by 8:00 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.
- OR Have another person carry it to a secure ballot dropbox for you. That person is called a "bearer" and must fill out the "bearer" section on the outside of your mail-in envelope.
- CARRY IT TO YOUR POLLING PLACE, and hand-deliver it to the poll-workers there; they will have a special container for collecting mail-in ballots. Polling places will be open on Tuesday, November 3, from 6:00 am until 8:00 pm. Your polling place this year is probably not your usual place from past years. ONLY YOU can deliver your ballot to your polling place. You may not use the help of a bearer.
HAND-DELIVER IT TO YOUR COUNTY'S BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE. Hours of operation may vary, but all offices should be open until 8:00 pm on Election Night. Bring I.D. with you.
- OR Have another person carry it to the Board of Elections for you. That person is called a "bearer" and must fill out the "bearer" section on the outside of your mail-in envelope. At the Board of Elections, that person will have to show I.D. and sign the bearer book. A bearer can deliver ballots for no more than three other people in any given election.
- WE DO NOT RECOMMEND MAILING YOUR BALLOT THROUGH THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE, THIS CLOSE TO THE ELECTION. SLOW MAIL SERVICE MAY CAUSE YOUR BALLOT TO BE DELIVERED TOO LATE TO BE COUNTED. IF YOU HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE, ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, and they must be received by November 10 to be counted. If you return your ballot through the mail, we strongly suggest you take it to the counter, and have the postal clerk hand-stamp the postmark.
HOW TO TRACK YOUR BALLOT:
- Before sealing your ballot return envelope, make a note of the Voter I.D. number on the inner-envelope flap.
- You can use that I.D. number to track your ballot online.
IF YOU HAVE YOUR BALLOT BUT PREFER TO VOTE IN PERSON,
OR IF YOUR BALLOT HAS BEEN DAMAGED,
For answers to other questions, visit our Voter Resources page.
Voter Protection Hotline: 1-877-NJ-VOTER