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Voting - General Info

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General Information - Voting


By phone, you can call the NJ Voter hotline at 1-877-NJVOTER (English AND Español). 


Please see the NJ Division of Elections Web site for eligibility, voting accessibility, and other helpful information and the Essex County Clerk's website for more information.





Considerations for Election Polling Locations and Voters - CDC



Health and Safety at the Polling Place during COVID Pandemic



COVID-19 Voting Information & Resources | LWV






As per NJ state law, public libraries provide voter registration forms.  Please see a staff member if you need one.



Register to Vote




The registration deadline to vote at the next election is 21 days prior to election day. Print out the form and fill out the information. If you reside in Essex County, the form may be mailed or delivered in person to:


Essex County Superintendent of Elections

Kathy V. Sumter-Edwards, Acting Superintendent of Elections

Hall of Records

465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

Fourth Floor, Room 417 A

Newark, NJ 07102

FAX: 973-621-6464


Check Registration and Polling Location



To register in New Jersey you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States

  • be at least 17 years of age (you may register to vote if you are at least 17 years old but cannot vote until reaching the age of 18)

  • be a resident of NJ and your county and at your address at least 30 days before the next election

  • not be serving a sentence of incarceration as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States.





Vote By Mail


Any NJ voter may now vote by absentee ballot for any election. You do not need a reason for an absentee ballot.
Find details on voting by mail here: 


Download an Vote by Mail Application (or pick one up in person at the Clerk's Office or from your local, municipal clerk).


  • Vote by Mail Application (NJ)





Send completed application to:

PO Box 690,
Newark, NJ



Drop Box Locations


To cast your mail-in ballot without sending it through the United States Postal Service, you can deliver it in person to a ballot drop box location.


Essex County Drop Box Locations



  • East Orange City Hall, 44 City Hall Plaza, East Orange


  • Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Ave, Montclair


  • Newark City Hall, 920 Broad St., Newark


  • West Caldwell, 30 Clinton Rd., West Caldwell


  • West Orange, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange



2020 NJ Election Timeline


2020 General Election Timeline (Updated August 28, 2020) 



October 13 Voter Registration Deadline for General Election

(21 days before election)

N.J.S.A. 19:31-6 


October 23 Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election

(Moved from not less than 7 days prior to election to 11 days before election as per Executive Order 177)
N.J.S.A. 19:63
-3 (Executive Order 177)


October 30 Deadline for Application to Receive General Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters

(4th day before election) N.J.S.A. 19:59-4


November 3 General Election

(Tuesday after first Monday in November)

N.J.S.A. 19:2-3, N.J.S.A. 19:15-2


November 3 (Prior to 8:00 pm) - Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for General Election

(Voted ballots must be returned to the County Board of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020)

N.J.S.A. 19:63-3 (Executive Order 177)


November 3 (Prior to 8:00 pm) - Deadline for in Person Submission of General Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election

N.J.S.A. 19:63-16


November 3 - Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the General Election





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