Due to COVID-19, New Jersey Elections are pushed to July 7th, and now will be Primarily Vote-By-Mail.
On May 15, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #144 stating that the July 7th Primary Election will be conducted primarily by Vote by Mail (“VBM”), with limited in person polling locations open on Primary Election Day. VBM will be new to many Morris County Residents; and the process itself is being adapted for activation at scale in light of the health crisis. It is important for our voters to understand how the new process will work so we can be sure our votes are valid under the new rules. Make sure your vote counts.
Who is going to automatically receive a VBM Ballot?
All active registered Republicans and Democrats will automatically be mailed a VBM Ballot.
For purposes of the Certification that you must sign stating that you applied for the VBM Ballot, please be advised that Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 144 acts as your certification.
Who is going to automatically receive a VBM Application?
All Unaffiliated voters or inactive Republican or Democrat voters will automatically receive a VBM Ballot Application. The VBM Application will be specifically designed by the Secretary of State for the July 7th Primary Election. The VBM Application will require you to declare your affiliation with either the Republican or Democrat Party. Once the completed VBM Application is received by the Morris County Clerk’s Office, you will receive a ballot based upon your party election on the VBM Application.
Is there a deadline to submit a VBM Application to receive a mailed VBM Ballot in time for the Primary Election?
Yes, the deadline for the Morris County Clerk’s Office to receive a VBM Application in time to provide a VBM Ballot to the Voter by mail is June 30, 2020.
Is there a deadline to request an In-Person VBM Application?
The 3 PM July 6th deadline to submit a VBM Application in-person has been suspended. In-person VBM Applications will be accepted by the County Clerk’s Election Office until 8:00 pm on July 7, 2020.
Do I have to put a stamp to return the VBM Ballot and VBM Application?
NO. All VBM Ballots and VBM Applications will have prepaid return postage.
How do I return my VBM Ballot?
Your ballot will include a return postage-paid envelope, (no stamp necessary) which will be included in the VBM Ballot packet that you will receive. You may mail your ballot through the US Postal Service. You also may deposit your ballot in one of 5 secure drop boxes located throughout the county that has daily pick-up or you may deliver your ballot directly to the Board of Elections.
What will the VBM Ballot look like?
The ballot will be posted on the Morris County Clerk’s Website as soon as it is available. (insert link)
When will the ballots be mailed?
As per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order, the New Jersey Secretary of State will be setting a schedule for mailing of VBM Ballots. We have not received the schedule yet, but will update the answer as soon as we do.
What is the deadline for returning your VBM Ballot?
If you are using the US Postal Service, the ballot must be postmarked on or before July 7, 2020 and received by the Board of Elections by 8 pm on July 14, 2020 to be considered valid and to be canvassed.
If you are using one of the 5 secure drop boxes, the deadline for delivering your ballot is 8:00 pm on July 7, 2020. Please contact the Board of Elections at 973-285-6715 for drop box locations.
If you are delivering your ballot in-person, you may deliver it and submit your completed ballot to the Board of Elections Office up until 8 pm on July 7th; the night of the Primary Election.
If someone other than the voter is delivering the ballot to the Board of Elections make sure that they fill out and sign the Bearer Section on the left-back side of the return envelope.
Does the Board of Elections require identification if I choose to deliver my VBM Ballot directly to them?
YES. A voter delivering their own ballot is required to produce identification. If a Bearer is delivering the voter’s ballot, they too must produce identification. Contact the Board of Elections at 973-285-6715 to find out what identification is acceptable.