When is the New Jersey 2020 Primary Election?
The New Jersey 2020 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
When and why did the 2020 Primary Election get moved?
As per Governor Philip Murphy’s Executive Order No. 120, signed on April 8, 2020, the 2020 Primary Election was moved to July 7, 2020 in an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of the public as well as the elections officials during the current public health crisis while still maintaining our constitutional right to vote.
When was the 2020 Primary Election moved to a mostly vote-by-mail election?
On May 15, 2020 Governor Philip Murphy signed Executive Order No. 144, stating the July 7, 2020 Primary Election will be conducted mainly through vote-by-mail ballots to preserve your constitutional right to vote as well as protecting the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Do I have to sign-up for a vote-by-mail ballot?
- All registered Democratic and registered Republican voters will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail.
- All registered unaffiliated voters will automatically receive a vote-by-mail application in the mail. If you wish to vote in the 2020 Primary Election, you will need to complete the application, making sure to select a party in which you choose to be affiliated. Once your application is received, you will be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot.
- All registered voters of the Independent party will not automatically receive anything. If you are a member of the Independent party and you wish to vote in the 2020 Primary Election, please contact the Passaic County Superintendent of Elections Office.
Can I return to an unaffiliated status after this election?
Yes, you may return to an unaffiliated status following this election by contacting the Passaic County Superintendent of Elections Office.
When is the deadline to register to vote in the 2020 Primary Election?
The deadline to register to vote in the 2020 Primary Election is June 16, 2020. Please contact the Superintendent of Elections Office for details.
What if I never voted by mail before?
There is no need to worry if you have never voted by mail in the past! We have included a detailed instructions brochure that will walk you through the process.
When will I get my ballot?
The deadline for 2020 Primary Election ballots to be mailed to Registered Democratic and Registered Republican voters is June 12, 2020. If you have not received your ballot by June 22, 2020, please contact the Passaic County Clerk’s Office Elections Division.
What are my options for returning by vote-by-mail ballot?
- U.S. Postal Service: Have your completed ballot postmarked by 8 p.m. on July 7, 2020. Your ballot must be received by the Passaic County Board of Elections by July 14, 2020. Remember, prepaid postage has been applied so you won’t need a stamp!
- Secure Drop Box: Drop your completed, sealed ballot in the secure drop box by 8 p.m. on July 7, 2020. For a list of drop box locations please check the website for the Passaic County Board of Elections.
- In-person Delivery: You must deliver your completed, sealed ballot to the Passaic County Board of Elections by 8 p.m. on July 7, 2020. You MUST show your driver’s license or an official Federal, State or its subsidiaries ID that includes your name, address and signature.
- Bearer: Someone other than you may bear your sealed ballot and deliver it for you. They must fill out and sign the Bearer section on the return envelope in front of the voter. Bearers may only bear three ballots per election, in addition to their own. You MUST show your driver’s license or an official Federal, State or its subsidiaries ID that includes your name, address and signature.
- You may NOT return your vote-by-mail ballot to a polling location on Election Day.
Do I need to photo copy my license and send it in with my ballot?
- You do not need to photo copy your license and send it in with your ballot.
- Your license is only required if you take your ballot or you are bearing a ballot for someone else and bringing them to the County Board of Elections Office.
Do I need to fill out the Bearer section on the return envelope?
- If you are bearing the ballot for another voter, you must fill out the bearer portion on the return envelope in front of the voter.
- If you are mailing in your ballot, dropping your ballot in one of the secure drop boxes or bringing your own ballot to the County Board of Elections, you do not need to fill out the bearer section on the return envelope.
How will I know where the secure drop boxes are located?
Please visit the website of the Passaic County Board of Elections for a list of locations.
Do I need a stamp to mail back my ballot or my vote-by-mail application?
No stamps are needed to mail in your vote-by-mail ballot or vote-by-mail application. All envelopes have prepaid postage applied.
How can I be sure my ballot was received by the Passaic County Board of Elections?
Please visit the website of the Passaic County Board of Elections. You may also track your ballot by going to https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/auth/sign-in and creating an account.
Will I get a sample ballot?
Sample ballots will not be mailed. If you wish to see a sample ballot, please visit the website of the Passaic County Clerk’s Office. You can also view a sample ballot at your assigned polling location on Election Day.
What should I do if I lost, made a mistake or did not receive my ballot?
Please contact the Passaic County Clerk’s Office Elections Division for a second ballot request.
Can I go to my polling location on Election Day and vote on a machine?
- There will be a limited number of polling locations available to voters on Election Day. Voters will receive a postcard in the mail informing them of their assigned polling location.
- If you wish to go to your assigned polling location on Election Day, you will be given a paper ballot, also known as a Provisional Ballot, to vote on.
- You will NOT be able to vote on a machine.
What if I am disabled and cannot fill out a paper ballot on my own?
If you have a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that makes it impossible for you to vote on a paper ballot, please call the Passaic County Clerk’s Office Elections Division to explore your ADA accessible voting options.
How can I speak with someone if I have questions about the 2020 Primary Election?
- Passaic County Clerk’s Office Elections Division
- By phone: (973) 881-4127
- By email: CountyClerkElections@passaiccountynj.org
- Website: www.passaiccountynj.org/countyclerk
- Passaic County Superintendent of Elections
- By phone: (973) 881-4515
- Website: www.passaiccountynj.org/superintendentofelections
- Passaic County Board of Elections
- By phone: (973) 881-4531
- Website: www.passaiccountynj.org/boardofelections