New Jersey Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated March 22, 2016
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration Form: Received 21 days before the election
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received seven days before the election if requested by mail. Received by 3pm on the day before the election if requested in person
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: received by 8pm on Election Day 

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.  

You can also use the New Jersey's voter registration form.  Fill out the form and mail it to the New Jersey Division of Elections.  The address is on the form.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot.  If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Make sure you're eligble to vote by absentee ballot

Good news! Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Download and complete the New Jersey Absentee Ballot Application.  Mail your completed application to your County Clerk.   You may apply for an absentee ballot by mail up until the 7th day before an election.  You can also apply in person to your County Clerk up until 3 pm the day before an election.  

Your absentee ballot will be mailed to you on or after the 40th day prior to an election.  

Receive, complete and return your absentee ballot

Your ballot will be mailed to you along with instructions and a return envelope.  Fill it out and put your voted ballot in the return envelope.  Sign where indicated.  Mail your completed ballot back to your County Board of Elections (the address will be on the envelope).  Your ballot must be received by 8pm on election day.

Additional Information

State Election Website:
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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