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Important Dates for the 2020 Election

October 5 - Postage paid ballots 

  • The Essex County Clerk will mail a postage paid ballot to all registered voters by October 5. 

October 9 – Receipt of ballots

  • If you have not received your postage paid ballot, please call the Essex County Clerk at 973.621.4921 to ensure that you are registered and/or to get a duplicate ballot. If you are not registered, you must register before October 13. If you are registered and unable to receive a duplicate ballot, you can vote via provisional ballot at your polling location on Election day.

October 13 - Voter registration deadline 

  • To register as a new voter, to change the name and/or address of an existing voter, or to update a signature, a voter registration form must be received by the Essex County Clerk by October 13. 
  • This form may be completed online with required identification. The registration application may also be printed out and a hard copy mailed to the County Clerk. 
  • Note that formerly incarcerated citizens may now vote in NJ but must re-register.
  • Here is the registration site  Register to Vote

November 3 - Election Day 

  • Voters may:
  • deposit the vote-by-mail ballot into a secure ballot drop box; 
  • return it via prepaid mail via the US Post Office;
  •  bring it to the Essex County Board of Elections office at 465 MLK Blvd., Room 411, Newark, NJ; or
  •  hand it directly to a poll worker at a polling place on Election Day. 
  • Each municipality will be required to open at least one in-person polling site. 
  • Any voter who chooses to cast a vote in-person will do so on a provisional ballot only. 
  • Except for people with disabilities, there will be no polling machines in use at poll sites.

November 10 - Vote by mail


  • All ballots being returned through the mail must be postmarked by November 3rd and received no later than 8 pm on November 10. 

November 23 - Election certification

  • The County will certify it’s final election results to the State on or before this date.