How to Vote by Mail in NJ

Essex County

As an Essex County resident you may apply for a mail-in ballot if you are a qualified and registered voter by written application to the County Clerk's Office. The deadline for such requests are seven (7) days prior to any and all elections (Primary, General, Municipal, School, etc.). The voter may also apply in person to the Clerk's office, or by authorized messenger, on any day up to 3:00 P.M. the day before an election.

The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or e-mailed copies of the Vote by Mail Application (unless you are an overseas voter, see below), since an original signature is required.

Applying for a Mail-In Ballot in Essex County

  • You may download an Vote by Mail Application, or pick one up in person at the Clerk's Office or from your local, municipal clerk; AND
  • Send completed application to PO Box 690, Newark, NJ 07101-0690; OR
  • Present the application in person at the Clerk's Office

Overseas Vote by Mail, Fax, or E-mail

If you are currently overseas, or you are currently in military service, you may request a mail-in ballot and vote by regular mail, fax, or e-mail. This service is available to residents of Essex County who are living or working out of the United States, including military personnel and their dependents.

Applying for an Overseas Ballot in Essex County

  • When you receive the ballot, follow the instructions carefully and return via regular mail, e-mail, or fax, as desired. Request a Vote-By Mail, E-mail or Faxable Absentee Ballot in person or via our website.
  • When you receive the ballot, follow the instructions carefully and return via regular mail, e-mail, or fax, as desired.

Union County

Union County residents who are qualified, registered voters may apply for a “Vote-By-Mail” ballot by written application to the Clerk’s Election Office. Voters must sign their name as it appears in the registry book. All requests must be received 7 days before any and all elections including Primary, General, and Special School elections. Any voter who fails to apply by the deadline may apply in person in the Election Office on any day up to 3 pm of the day before Election.

2018 Primary Election Vote by Mail Deadlines

  • Tuesday, May 29 – Last day to apply by mail for a Mail-In Ballot for the Primary Election
  • Monday, June 4 – Last day to apply in person for a Mail-In Ballot before 3 p.m. in the County Clerk Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield

General Election Vote by Mail Deadlines

  • Tuesday, Oct 30 – Last day to apply by mail for a Mail-In Ballot for the General Election
  • Monday, Nov 5 – Last day to apply in person for a Mail-In Ballot before 3 p.m. in the County Clerk Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield

Union County Vote by Mail Ballot Applications

Or request a vote by mail ballot application be mailed to you at http://www.unioncountyvotes.com/vote-by-mail-ballot-application/.

Example Union County Vote by Mail Ballots

A torn, soiled, defaced or incorrectly marked ballot must be returned to Joanne Rajoppi, Union County Clerk, to obtain another ballot. In the Primary Election, held in June, voters are confined to a choice of candidates within their political party. Voters will receive a Democratic or Republican ballot based on their registration with the Board of Elections. Apply for and Drop Off a Vote By Mail Ballot in Person at: Office of the Union County Clerk Union County Courthouse Election Division 2 Broad Street, Room 113 Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207 Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm Elizabeth- The Union County Clerk’s Elizabeth Office hosts special Saturday hours, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, for Vote by Mail Voters the Saturday prior to Primary and Election Day only. Office of the Union County Clerk Frasier Building, Westfield NJ 300 North Avenue East Westfield, New Jersey 07090 Monday / Wednesday / Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm Tuesday / Thursday: 8:00am - 7:30pm Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm - open regularly on Saturdays If you have any questions, contact Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi at jrajoppi@ucnj.org or 908-527-4787.

Somerset County

You may now vote in Somerset County by mail-in ballot for any election. You do not need a reason.

Applying for a Mail-in Ballot in Somerset County

  • By Mail: You must apply for a Mail-in Ballot by completing a Mail-in Ballot Application. You must mail this to the Somerset County Clerk’s Office up to 7 days prior to the election. The County Clerk cannot accept faxed copies or electronic submissions, as an original signature is required.

  • In Person: Registered voters may apply in person at the County Clerk’s Office (located at 20 Grove Street, Somerville, NJ 08876-1262)for a Mail-In Ballot up until 3:00 P.M. on the day before the election. Voters applying in person will be able to receive their ballot by hand upon submitting the application.

  • Via Messenger: Any voter may complete the bottom portion of the application and designate a messenger. A messenger may bring a Mail-In Ballot Application completed by the voter to the County Clerk’s office and pick up a Mail-In Ballot for that voter. The messenger will need to sign the application in front of the County Clerk or designee and show photo ID in order to pick up the ballot. The messenger must deliver the Mail-In Ballot directly to the voter.

Once your ballot is voted and sealed, it must be returned to the Somerset County Board of Elections by 8:00 PM on the day of the election.

If you have applied for an Mail-in Ballot and have decided to instead vote at the polls, you may now do so. However, you must vote by provisional ballot.

Somerset County Vote by Mail Ballot Applications

Office of the Sommerset County Clerk

20 Grove Street,
Somerville, NJ 08876-1262

Military Vote by Mail

You may apply for a Mail-In Ballot if you are New Jersey resident who is a member of the Uniformed Services, Merchant Marine, Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Uniformed Services” include members of the United States Armed Forces (Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Family members of a military voter are also entitled to vote by mail.

  • If you are a Military voter currently residing within the United States, please complete a Mail-In Ballot Application and mark the appropriate choice in the Special Status box on the application.

  • If you are a Military voter currently residing outside the United States, please complete the Federal Post Card application to receive your Mail-In Ballot.