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New Jersey

Population

8,882,190

Voting-Age Pop.

6,117,615

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 55 %
Trump 41 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 13, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    No
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    No


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

New Jersey's governor signed an executive order to create a modified vote-by-mail election. Each county’s elections officials are required to send vote-by-mail ballots with prepaid postage to all active registered voters for the general election.

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  • Yes, all registered voters in New Jersey will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

Yes, all registered voters in New Jersey will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the general election.

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  • Oct 5: Vote-by-mail ballots shall be mailed to all active voters on or before the 29th day before the November general election.

When will I receive my ballot?

Oct 5: Vote-by-mail ballots shall be mailed to all active voters on or before the 29th day before the November general election.

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  • Deadline for in-person submission of general election mail-in ballots to County Boards of Election.

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Deadline for in-person submission of general election mail-in ballots to County Boards of Election.

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  • Nov 3 is the deadline for post office receipt of mail-in ballots.


    Nov 10 before 8pm is the deadline for receipt of timely postmarked ballots to County Boards of Election.

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Nov 3 is the deadline for post office receipt of mail-in ballots.


Nov 10 before 8pm is the deadline for receipt of timely postmarked ballots to County Boards of Election.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


    Each county’s elections officials will send vote by mail ballots with prepaid postage to all active registered voters for the general election.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


Each county’s elections officials will send vote by mail ballots with prepaid postage to all active registered voters for the general election.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

No

Currently, in-person early voting is not permitted in this state.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

The registration deadline to vote in the next election is 21 days prior to Election Day.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

No

If you did not provide identification before voting for the first time at the polling place, you must show the board workers identification.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - state.nj.us

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Military or Other Government ID

  • US Passport

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  • NJ Driver’s License

  • Non-photo NJ Driver’s License

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  • Utility Bill

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  • Any Valid and Current Photo ID: Student or Job ID, Store Membership Card, Bank Statement, Government Check or Document, Car Registration, Sample Ballot, Any Other Official Document


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