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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

New Jersey: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Monday, May 25, 2020 12:33 PM ET

Important News

  • May 15, 2020 New Jersey Will Mail Ballots to Voters for Primary Election

    Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order that requires each county’s elections officials send vote-by-mail ballots to all registered Democratic and Republican voters for the July 7 primary election. The elections officials will send mail ballot applications to unaffiliated and inactive voters. All ballots and ballot applications will come with pre-paid postage. The Order also requires that some in-person voting locations be available for voters on election day.

  • April 8, 2020 Official Update Primary Election Postponed

    The federal and state primary elections that were scheduled for June 2 have been rescheduled to July 7. 

  • March 19, 2020 Official Update Local Elections Rescheduled for May 12, 2020

    Local elections for the Township of Old Bridge, the Township of West Amwell, and Atlantic City will now take place on May 12, 2020. All elections scheduled for May 12, 2020 will be conducted solely via vote-by-mail ballots.

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline

  2. Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    Primary Election Mail-in Ballot Application by Mail Deadline

    Active voters with a party affiliation will be mailed a ballot. Unaffiliated and inactive voters need to request a mail-in ballot. Voters can request a mail-in ballot in person after this deadline.

  3. Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Primary Election Mail-in Ballot Deadline

    Ballots should be postmarked or delivered in person to the county board of elections by July 7.

  4. Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Primary Election Day

    The primary election will be conducted primarily by mail, but limited in-person voting locations will be available.

  5. Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    General Election Voter Registration Deadline

  6. Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    General Election Mail-in Ballot Application by Mail Deadline

    Voters can request a mail-in ballot in person after this deadline.

  7. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    General Election Mail-in Ballot Deadline

    Ballots should be postmarked or delivered in person to the county board of elections by November 3.

  8. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

vote by mail icon. How to vote by mail in New Jersey

New Jersey allows all registered voters to vote by mail for any reason.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in New Jersey

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

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Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:

  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.