New Jersey Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated May 04, 2014
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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.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to provide ID when I register to vote?

You must include your New Jersey driver's license number or your non-driver ID number on your voter registration form.  If you don't have either of these numbers, you must include a copy of your ID with your form.  If you forget, you'll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot.   Acceptable forms of ID include: a driver's license or other photo identification that shows your name and New Jersey address OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and New Jersey address.

Do I need to provide ID when I vote by absentee ballot?

You'll only need to provide ID if you didn't meet the voter ID requirements when you registered to vote.  If you're a first-time voter and you didn't include your New Jersey drivers licence number on your voter registration form, then you should include a COPY of a current and valid photo ID that shows your name OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and New Jersey address.

I missed the absentee ballot application deadline.  Is there anything I can do?

General not.  Emergency Absentee Ballots are available on election day only for voters who've become ill on election day or during the night before election day.  Contact your County Clerk if you have questions about emergency absentee ballots. 

Can I vote by absentee ballot on a permanent basis?

You can use the New Jersey Absentee Ballot Application to put yourself on a permanent absentee voter list.  You can request all elections in the current calendar year, all future November general elections, or both.  (The general elections take place in even number years - 2010, 2012, etc - and include the presidential and congressional elections.) It's best to submit a new application every January to ensure that you'll receive an absentee ballot for all elections in which you are eligible to vote.   

I've already received my absentee ballot.  Can I change my mind and vote in person?

No. Once you apply for an absentee ballot, you must vote by absentee ballot. You cannot change your mind and vote in person.

Can I vote in person before the election?

No. In-person early voting is not allowed.

Additional Information


State Election Website: or
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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