STEP 1

WHY?

WHY?

YOUR step-by-step guide to

 

VOTING BY MAIL

WILL YOU VOTE IN THE JULY PRIMARY?

MAKE THE PLEDGE NOW!

NUMBER OF PLEDGERS

2,150

BE A REGISTERED VOTER

To check and make sure your voter registration is up to date, click here:

WHY VOTE?

July 7th is New Jersey’s statewide primary.

 

If you are a registered Democrat OR Republican voter, you will receive a ballot in the mail from the Essex County Clerk.

 

If you are an unaffiliated voter, you will receive a postage-paid Vote-by-Mail Ballot application in the mail. You must fill out this application, choose either the Democratic or Republican party, and mail it back.

 

Because New Jersey is a closed Primary Election state, voters must choose to be affiliated with the Democratic or Republican party to receive that Party’s Vote by Mail Ballot. You will then receive your ballot in the mail.

June 16

Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election

(21 days before election)

June 30

 Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Primary Election

A voter may apply for a Mail-In Ballot by mail up to 7 days prior to the election.

July 1

Mailing of Polling Place Notification for Primary Election

July 7

Primary Election Day

Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked

on or before July 7th.

BEING AN EDUCATED VOTER

4 tips to making your vote count by being an educated voter on July 7th:

 

Learn - Learn about the candidates and the functions of the elected positions they are running for. How will this elected official impact you, your family, and your community?

 

Decide - Decide how the candidates’ positions align with your personal views, values, and priorities.

 

Make your voice heard and vote - cast a ballot to make your voice heard!

 

Stay engaged  - You can make your voice heard outside of voting, too.  Share your ideas and solutions for community problems, report on a government meeting, leader or issue, and encourage your friends and neighbors to use their voices as well!

 

STEP #1

Receiving Your Ballot

Did you receive your...

MAIL-IN-BALLOT

CERTIFICATION ENVELOPE

OUTER RETURN ENVELOPE

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW:

> You will receive your vote-by-mail documents in the mail.

In your envelope, you will receive a total of 3 documents: a mail-in-ballot (1), a certification envelope (2), and an outer return envelope (3).

STEP #2

Filling Out Your Ballot

Your mail-in ballot is where you’ll cast your vote.

Make sure to use ONLY black pencil or pen to mark your ballot.

Fill in the ovals below the candidates you want to vote for. Make sure you fill in the entire bubble.

Certification Envelope

Your certification envelope is the envelope that you will sign to validate your ballot, and then put your ballot inside of.

 Complete the certificate and sign where instructed.

 Insert the completed ballot into the certification envelope.

WAIT!  Did you make a COMMON MISTAKE?

X Did you use red ink? 

Make sure you used only black pencil or pen when marking your ballot.

Did you fill in the ovals just partially?

When filling out the ballot, completely fill in the ovals to vote.

Did you detach the certificate?

Keep the certificate attached to the certification envelope and make sure to sign it.

These mistakes can render your ballot VOID.

STEP #3

Mailing Your Ballot

The outer return envelope is your main envelope that you will place your readied certification envelope (signed with ballot sealed inside) inside of. 

Sign the outer return envelope & print your name and address.

To mail to County Board of Elections, leave the envelope in your mailbox for your mail carrier to pick up or drop it off in a nearby mailbox or post office. There’s no need for a stamp, postage is included!

If you need help finding your nearest mailbox, use the USPS mail box locator website:

The Essex County Clerk's Office has provided Newark, NJ with a secure ballot box located near 31 Green St, Newark, NJ 07102.

 

You can drop your ballot in the secure ballot box until 8:00pm on July 7, 2020.