Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th 2018
Whether it's your first or 50th time voting, it's good to review the basics to make sure that everything goes smoothly.
1. Important Dates
- September 22 Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for General Election (45 days before election)
- October 16 Voter Registration Deadline for General Election (21 days before election)
- October 30 Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election (not less than 7 days prior to election)
- October 31 Mailing of Sample Ballots for General Election (on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding the election)
- November 2 Deadline for Application to Receive General Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters (4th day before election)
November 5 – by 3:00 p.m. Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for General Election
(up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election)
November 6 General Election (Tuesday after first Monday in November) Deadline for in Person Submission of General Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election)
November 8 Deadline for Postmarked Submission of General Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election)
2. Find your polling place
3. Time Block Election Day
- Polls are open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. NJ, unfortunately, does not require employers to grant time off to employees to vote, so plan your day so that you have time to vote.
4. Bring ID
- You may be asked to show ID, so bring one of the following with you: "NJ driver's license, Military or other Government ID, Student or Job ID, Store Membership Card, United States Passport, Or Bank statement, Car registration, Government check or document, Non-photo NJ driver's license, Rent receipt, Sample Ballot, Utility bill, or any other official document" (Source: NJ Dept of State)
5. *NEW Changes* for those who voted by mail in 2016
- Under the new law, any voters who received a VBM in the 2016 presidential election will automatically be considered a VBM voter. County Clerks are now required to mail VBM ballots to these voters.
- Voters who for some reason don’t receive their ballots — or decide, accidentally or on purpose, to ignore them — can still vote at the usual polling location on election day. The difference is that they can’t vote by machine and will need to use a provisional ballot.
If you have any question about voting before election day, contact the election office in your county.
If you any problems voting on election day, ask for a provisional ballot.
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