*****UPDATES AND NOTICES*****
Attention Candidates:Governor Murphy recently signed Executive Order 216, which changed the petition requirements for upcoming elections occurring during the State Public Health Emergency. In addition to the statutory in-person collection of hand-written signatures, the EO permits electronic collection of signatures via an online form which can be found HERE.
Candidates running for county-level office may file their petition in person at the Office of the County Clerk with a prior appointment or may submit It electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “[PETITIONS] Candidate Name – Office Sought”. All petitions should be submitting in one email, we recommend candidates zip files to save space. Please contact our office at (732) 745-4202 for more information.
Per N.J.S.A. 19:63-10(a), the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office is required to maintain a list, which is updated daily, of voters whose application for a Mail-In Ballot was approved and were sent their ballot, and per N.J.S.A. 19:63-10(b), the Middlesex County Board of Elections is required to maintain a list of voters who have returned their voted mail-in ballot. These lists are available as a joint list.
Elections - Phone (732) 745-4202
The County Clerk's Office is responsible for:
- Accepting nominating petitions for county offices, independent candidates, and candidates for Board of Education running in November.
- Drawing the ballot positions.
- Designing and preparing the election ballot, the Mail-in, Emergency, Provisional, Sample and Machine Ballots and the preparation of same for the printer.
- Inputting all information required to program voting machines with candidate's names, offices, titles, slogans and public questions in school, primary and general elections.
- After the polls close on Election Night, the County Clerk tabulates voting results and certifies the election to the New Jersey Division of Elections.
If you need information or changes regarding your voter registration, you can contact the Middlesex County Board of Elections at (732) 745-3471 or click here to view their website.
Vote by Mail
Through Vote by Mail, registered voters can choose to receive official, mail in ballots for the primary, general or any special elections that occur in a given year. They can also choose to have ballots for all future elections sent to them.
Mail-in Ballots are available in the County Clerk's office and must be requested in writing by filling out a Civilian Mail-in Ballot Application. Your personal signature is required. The County Clerk's office must receive Mail-in Ballot Applications by mail no later than seven days prior to the election date. Faxed copies of a Mail-in Ballot Application are not acceptable due to the need for an original signature.
Any mail-in voter who fails to apply in writing for a Mail-in Ballot within seven days prior to an election may apply in person or by authorized messenger, to this office up to 3:00 p.m. the day before the election.
Petitions of Nomination for Public Office
Any candidate who has filed a Petition of Nomination for Public Office shall file with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC) the New Jersey Election Commission Reports. These reports contain information concerning contributions and disbursements of a particular candidate’s campaign. Reports are due on the following dates:
- 29 days prior to election day
- 11 days prior to election day
- 20 days after election day
Petitions of Nomination for Public Office may be obtained from either the County Clerk or from the Office of the Municipal Clerk. Petitions to run as an independent candidate may only be obtained from the County Clerk's office. Petitions for April’s School Board election may be obtained from your local School Board Secretary. Petitions for the November School Board election may be obtained from the County Clerk’s office. After petitions have been filed with the respective clerks and/or the County Clerk, the County Clerk is responsible for the drawing of position for the primary ballot and the general election ballot.
2021 Election Timeline
Military and Overseas Voters
If you are in the military or an overseas citizen desiring to vote in a Federal election, you may apply for a ballot by filling out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). This application should be received in our office 30 days before a Federal election, which are held in even-numbered years. If you are applying for a military or federal mail-in ballot after the 30 days, you may fax to (732-745-2170) or e-mail your application to request a ballot. Please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program or FVAP where you will find the FPCA application. The web site will instruct you in the completion of the application. Mail the application to:
Middlesex County Clerk
Middlesex County Administration Building
PO Box 1110
75 Bayard Street, 4th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-1110
Check out the link below for a step by step tutorial on How to Vote Absentee When You’re In the Military: