Voting in New Jersey for the 2020 Presidential Election
One of the biggest barriers in this year’s election may be confusion about the voting process. COVID-19 has caused changes in absentee voting procedures and the availability of in-person registration and voting locations. If you plan on voting in person, double-check your polling place well in advance. Even if you believe you’re registered, be sure to verify your voter registration details at elections.nj.gov. Finally, if you plan on registering to vote in the November election, request an application now and mail everything back as soon as you receive it due to possible delays with the United States Postal Service.
The registration deadline for New Jersey voters is October 13, 2020. Residents can check their online registration status at voter.svrs.nj.gov. Voters can register by downloading a voter registration form for their county, to be mailed or delivered to their local county commissioner of registration or superintendent of elections.
Early voting is not available in New Jersey. Due to COVID-19, all registered voters will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot by their county clerk. These ballots will be mailed by October 5, 2020. If voters are concerned about a delay in receiving their ballot, they should contact their county clerk. Once a voter has received and completed their ballot, it can be returned at any time to a secure ballot drop box (there will be at least 10 per county), via mail, or on Election Day at their designated polling location.
While polling sites around the state will be operating at reduced capacity, at least one polling location will be available for voters in each municipality. Disabled voters will be able to use a voting assistance device at their designated polling location. All other voters choosing to vote in person on Election Day at their polling location will vote using a paper provisional ballot.
Find your polling place location, here: https://www.vote411.org/