Important 2021 Primary and General Election Updates
As New Jersey emerges from Covid, starting with the Primary on June 8, 2021 voting is returning to In- person Voting with New Paper Ballot Machines. All registered Voters will be able to vote either in person or by Mail. You will no longer be automatically sent a Ballot in the mail so please read these instructions carefully.
ARE YOU A REGISTERED VOTER?
The next General Election is 11/2/2021 The Governor and state assembly is on the ballot.
Deadline to Register to vote is October 12, 2021
Not sure if and where you are registered, Remember if you moved within NJ, you must file a change of address with the County of your new residence. Check here
REGISTER FOR YOUR BALLOT ONLINE
ELECTION DAY: IN PERSON VOTING
All registered Voters will be able to vote at their regular Polling Location prior to the Pandemic. Essex county has new Paper Ballot Machines that allow greater accountability and transparency. You will be given a Paper Ballot to manually fill out and upon completion you will enter your Ballot into a scanning Machine. (See Video for instructions). All registered voters will be provided your polling location on the Sample Ballot that will be sent by Essex County prior to Election Day
VOTE BY MAIL OPTION
You will no longer be automatically sent a Ballot in the mail. To Vote by Mail for the Primary, you must apply by June 1, 2021 to receive a Ballot by Mail. To apply, download the Vote by Mail Application and in Section One select the future Elections you wish to receive a Vote by Mail Ballot. There are two ways to return your completed Vote by Mail Ballot: by Mail or in a Designated Drop Box
Unlike the 2020 November GENERAL ELECTION, DO NOT RETURN YOUR VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT TO YOUR POLLING LOCATION, Your ballot will not be valid. If you lost or never received your Vote by Mail Ballot, see below.
IMPORTANT VOTING DATES:
PRIMARY ELECTION (1ST TUESDAY AFTER 1ST MONDAY IN JUNE) – JUNE 8, 2021
- Last day for registration and transfer (21 days prior to election), May 18, 2021
- Last day to apply by mail for a Vote-By-Mail Ballot (7 days prior to election), June 1, 2021
GENERAL ELECTION (1ST TUESDAY AFTER 1ST MONDAY IN NOVEMBER) – NOVEMBER 2, 2021
- Last day for registration and transfer (21 days prior to election), October 12, 2021
- Last day to apply by mail for a Vote-By-Mail Ballot (7 days prior to election), October 26, 2021
FILLING OUT A VBM BALLOT
For many of us this will be our first time filling out a vote-by-mail ballot (also sometimes referred to as a mail-in ballot or VBM ballot). So, we put together this self-guided tutorial to take you step-by-step through the process of filling out your VBM ballot. It is important to get it right because all components of your VBM ballot must be filled out correctly for your vote to be valid. Your vote is your voice, make sure it counts!
SECOND BALLOT REQUEST FORM
Maybe you didn’t receive the first VBM ballot that was automatically sent to you? Or maybe it was misplaced? Accidentally thrown away? Made a mistake filling it out? No worries, it happens. Click here for a printable second ballot request form.
DID THEY GET MY BALLOT?
Make sure your vote counts. Sign up for online tracking of the status of your ballot.
Before you return your ballot, take a photo, or write down your Voter ID number. This number is located above the barcode on the back of the ballot return envelope. You can use your ballot ID number or your social Security number to track the status of your vote and confirm the receipt of your ballot
Or you can contact the Essex County Board of Election about the status of your ballot at (973) 621-5070
(Form can also be used for change of address; name change; signature update; party affiliation; temporary mailing address)
Essex County Sample Ballots