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Vote By Mail Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is Vote by Mail?
Vote by Mail has replaced Absentee  Voting in the State of New Jersey. It allows a voter to vote without going to the polls on Election Day.
 
2.  Who can Vote by  Mail?
Any  registered  voter  can  Vote  By  Mail.  No reason  is necessary to apply.
 
3. How do I apply for Vote by  Mail?
You can apply by completing an application and sending it to the County Clerk. If you do not return your completed application, we will not be able to send you a Vote by Mail ballot.
 
4. Where can I get an application for Vote by Mail?
You can get an application at:
• The County Clerk's Office
• Your Municipal Clerk 's Office
•At New Jersey Division of Elections
 
5. Do I have to pay for Postage?
No, both the application and the ballot envelope are postage paid.
 
6. When do I have to apply to Vote by Mail?
Your application must be received by the Clerk's Office seven (7) days prior to the election, postmarks are not accepted .
You can also apply in person to the County Clerk's Office up until 3:00 pm the day before the election.
 
7. Can someone  help me complete the application and ballot materials?
Yes, you can have someone help you. This person  must complete the assistor section. However, you the voter must
sign the application .
 
8. Can I fax or e-mail my application?
Only active duty military and voters residing overseas may apply by fax or e-mail. All other voters must apply in writing, with
original signature .
 
9. If it is within seven days before the election , and I am not able to apply in person to the County Clerk, can someone else get my ballot?
Yes, you would need to complete the application, including the Authorized Messenger section. Your messenger would then apply to the County Clerk, obtain your ballot, and deliver it to you. Your messenger must be a family member or a registered voter in this county and cannot be a candidate on the ballot.
 
10. I am disabled, and I was on a list to receive an application every year, has this changed?
Yes, you must apply every year.

11. If I apply and receive a Vote by Mail ballot, can I vote at the polls instead?
No. If you did not receive or return your ballot, you may vote by provisional  ballot at the polls .
 
12. If I Vote by Mail, will my vote be counted?
Yes, all votes are counted and included in the final official results.
 
13. What  are the  new options to automatically receive ballots in future elections?
There are two options:
Option A - You will automatically be sent a ballot for every election for the remainder of the calendar year. You will also be sent an application at the beginning of the next year.
Option B- You will automatically be sent a ballot for every November  General Election until you request otherwise .
 
14. Do I have to choose an option?
No, if you do not choose an option, you will receive a ballot for only the election you choose in Box # 1.
 
15. Can I apply for someone else?
No, only the voter can apply. The application must have an original signature, as it appears in the poll books. State law does not allow Power of Attorney.
 
16. What if my signature has changed ?
You can update your signature by contacting the Administrator of Elections at (732)  745-3471.
 
 

Office of the County Clerk
Middlesex County Administration Building

4th floor
75 Bayard Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone (732) 745 - 3827
Fax (732) 745 – 3642  
Office Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM

 


 

 
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