2019 NJ Primary Voting Guide - NJ7 Citizens for Change

2019 NJ Primary Voting Guide


Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 4th 2019

Whether it's your first or 50th time voting, it's good to review the basics to make sure that everything goes smoothly.


  • April 1-Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Primary Election(before 4:00 p.m. on or before 64th day prior to election)
  • April 10-Deadline for Change of Party Affiliation Declaration Forms for Primary Election to be Filed with County Commissioners of Registration (55 days before election)
  • April 15*- Deadline for Preparation of Official Primary Election Ballot for Printing (50 days before election)
  • April 20- Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for Primary Election (45 days before election)
  • May 14-Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election (21 days before election)
  • May 28-Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Primary Election (not less than 7 days prior to election)
  • May 29- Mailing of Sample Ballots for Primary Election (on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding election)
  • May 31- Deadline for Application to Receive Primary Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters (4th day before election)
  • June 3 – by 3:00 p.m. Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Primary Election (up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election)
  • June 4- Primary Election Day (Tuesday after first Monday in June)
  • June 4 -Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the Primary Election
  • June 4-Deadline for in Person Submission of Primary Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election (by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election)

1.Register to vote

Click here to make sure that you are registered

2. Find your polling place

If you are unsure of your polling place, click here to locate it.

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.

Click here for additional voting information.

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