Monday, October 12, 2020

New Jersey Vote By Mail - General Election 2020

On August 14th 2020 New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the state will conduct the general election with a nearly all Vote By Mail (VBM) format.   The general election will expand upon the model used in the July primary. 

Here is what to expect:

  1. ALL registered voters will automatically receive an official Vote By Mail (VBM) Ballot.  You do NOT need to submit an application as was the case prior to May 2020.  Ballots are schedule to be mailed during late September.   Contact the county Board of Elections for a specific date.
  2. Voters can return their VBM ballots via USPS, and ballots must be post marked by November 3rd to count.   The USPS recommends placing your VBM ballot in the mail NO LATER than October 26th.
  3. Voters can return their VBM ballots by depositing them in one of the eleven (11) secure drop boxes located throughout the county.  All boxes will accept ballots starting October 1st through Election Day, November 3rd.  The boxes will be closed down at 8 PM on Election Day.

  4. NJ Secure Ballot Drop Box, Washington Twsp, Warren County NJ
    Secure Ballot Drop Box located at WTPD, Route 31, Washington NJ 07882

    Here is a full list of secure ballot drop box locations:

    Location Address
    Belvidere Municipal Building 691 Water Street, Belvidere, NJ 07823
    Blairstown Municipal Building 106 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825
    Hackettstown Municipal Building 215 Stiger Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
    Lopatcong Municipal Building 232 South Third St., Morris Park, Lopatcong, NJ 08865
    Washington Township Municipal Building 211 Route 31 North, Washington, NJ 07882
    Allamuchy Municipal Building 292 Alphano Road, Allamuchy, NJ 07820
    Franklin Municipal Building 2093 Route 57, Broadway, NJ 08808
    Hope Municipal Building 407 Great Meadows Road, Hope, NJ 07844
    Knowlton Municipal Building 628 Route 94, Columbia, NJ 07832
    Mansfield Municipal Building 100 Port Murray Road, Port Murray, NJ 07865
    Phillipsburg Public Works Building 441 Heckman Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

  5. Voters can hand in their VBM ballots at their physical polling location where they reside, by leaving them with a poll worker. 
  6. Able bodied voters will have the option to vote in person, if they choose to do so, by completing a provisional ballot.
  7. Disabled voters will be accommodated with American for Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant devices.
  8. To guard against "double counting", the county Board of Elections will screen all ballots received (vote by mail and provisional) for duplicates -- more than one ballot submitted by a single voter.   In this case, the VBM ballot will always take precedence. 

And now here are some suggestions and observations:

  1. Long lines at the physical polling locations are likely to form.   Remember the 2016 general election? 

  2. IF you Vote By Mail, DO SO AS EARLY AS YOU CAN.
  3. IF you want to avoid the long lines and/or concerned about COVID-19, consider returning your ballot via USPS, or use the secure drop boxes.  
  4. Are you interested in tracking if the county Board of Elections has received your VBM Ballot after you deposited it?   If yes, you need to sign up for a "My Voter Record" account.   Click below for a short video that will guide you through the account setup process, and how to log into the New Jersey Vote By Mail Portal. 



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  1. Hi, Josephine. And other candidates. Thanks and I think all 3 of you will win in November. Good luck! Ed K


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