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401 Grand St. Paterson, NJ 07505 | (973) 881-4000
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Vote By Mail

A voter may vote by mail for any or all elections by completing an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot and mailing the application to the County Clerk up to 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election. A voter can choose to vote by mail for one election or all, depending on his or her preference.  In New Jersey, any voter can vote by mail for any reason or no reason at all using the Vote By Mail ballot.  The Vote by Mail legislation allows voters to avoid long lines at polls, and gives them a chance to vote in the privacy of their own home at their convenience. The Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required.

Military & Civilian Overseas Vote by Mail

New Jersey law permits the emailing of Vote by Mail ballots to Uniformed Service Members and their families. Active-duty members of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marine, Public Health Service, NOAA, and their family members may register to vote and apply for a Vote by Mail ballot by using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).  Vote by Mail voting privileges are available to military personnel, their dependents, patients in veterans’ hospitals, civilians attached to or serving with the military, and U.S. citizens residing overseas. A Vote by Mail ballot may be requested by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and mailing it to the Clerk of Passaic County, or fax to (973) 742-5744 or email to ballots@passaiccountynj.org.

An “Overseas Civilian Voter” is a voter who is living outside of the United States and who was residing in New Jersey immediately prior to departure. To receive a federal ballot, the civilian overseas voter need not have been registered to vote in New Jersey prior to going outside of the United States, but must have been domiciled in New Jersey and have possessed the qualifications to register and vote in New Jersey. The overseas civilian voter is entitled to a federal ballot whether or not he or she ever intends to return to the United States to reside.

To learn more about Military/Civilian Overseas Vote by Mail options, click here.

How to Complete an Application to Vote by Mail

  1. You must be a registered voter.
  2. Read the County Clerk's Message and Instructions.
  3. Fill out and sign application with an ink pen ONLY.  Do not use pencil. 
  4. Once you have filled out all of the required information and signed the application where indicated, fold over the application, staple or tape closed.
  5. Do not submit more than 1 application for the same election.
  6. Mail or deliver application to:
    Passaic County Clerk/Election Division
    Passaic County Administration Building
    401 Grand Street - Room 130
    Paterson, New Jersey 07505
  7. DO NOT FAX OR E-MAIL unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter.
  8. Please note: a voter may apply for a Mail-In Ballot by mail up to 7 days prior to the election, or he or she may apply in person to the County Clerk's Office until 3:00 p.m. the day before the election.
  9. You must apply for a Mail-In Ballot for each election, unless you select to receive a ballot for all future elections.

After Submitting your Vote By Mail Application
If such voter no longer wants this option, the County Clerk‘s office must be notified in writing.

  1. You will receive instructions with your ballot. 
  2. You will select your candidates by shading in a small bubble next to his or her name. You must use blue or black pen only to complete the ballot.
  3. You will not be permitted to vote by machine at your polling place in the same election. 
    However, if you applied for a ballot, received it and did not return it to the Clerk's Office in time, you will only be allowed to vote provisionally at the polls on Election Day
  4. Your ballot must be received by the County Board of Elections before close of polls on Election Day. OR your ballot must be postmarked by or on Election Day and received by the Board of Elections within 48 hours of Election in order to be counted.