NEWARK, NJ — The November election is 46 days away.
Newark voters, like many New Jersey, have a plethora of deadlines to keep in mind and much to consider ahead of Election Day 2020.
Unlike most municipalities, however, Newark is providing residents with access to a "super" polling site at the Prudential Center, where voters can apply for mail-in ballots, register to vote, drop off their ballots, vote early and vote in-person via a provisional ballot on Nov. 3.
Prudential is easily accessible to many of the city’s buildings where seniors live, Mayor Ras Baraka said at a press conference, and officials hope its central location will encourage more people to vote. Parking will be free on election day at 15 Lafayette St. Along with the Prudential Super Polling site, Newark Public Library hosting National Voter Day events at the main branch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 22.
Essex County also has 23 other secure drop-off sites, listed here, throughout its municipalities.
The state recently launched a portal where Garden State residents can register to vote and track their mail-in ballots. Essex County announced 23 locations where voters can drop off their VBM envelopes.
The deadline to register online to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The deadline to register in person to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The early voting period runs from Saturday, September 19, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
To register to vote you must be:
A U.S. citizen
At least 17 years old (though you may not vote until you are 18)
A resident of Essex County for 30 days
A person not serving a sentence of incarceration as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States
To check your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct visit the New Jersey's voter registration lookup tool.
Voters registered in New Jersey can look up where to vote on New Jersey's site.
What to bring if you vote in person:
You don’t need to provide ID to vote if you've voted in New Jersey before
You must show ID to vote if you're voting for the first-time in your county, registered to vote by mail, and didn't provide an ID number or copy of ID when you registered. ID’s can include: NJ driver's license, with or without a photo; military or other government ID; student ID; employee ID; store membership card; US passport; or bank statement, car registration, government check or document, rent receipt, sample ballot, utility bill, or any other official document.
If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.
Vote by mail:
New Jersey will mail a ballot to all active, registered voters for the General Election.
When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
Ballots can be returned by mail with a postmark on or before Nov. 3, 2020, to be counted as a valid ballot by the County Clerk if received by 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 10. Ballots without a postmark that are received within 48 hours of the closing of polls on Nov. 3, 2020, shall be considered valid.
VBM drop box locations (Other Locations Pending):
(will be available and secured with surveillance cameras 24 hours every day ahead of the close of polls):
BELLEVILLE- Police Department/Town Hall 152 Washington Ave Parking Lot Entrance Belleville, NJ 07109
BLOOMFIELD-Firehouse #3 124 East Passaic Avenue Bloomfield, NJ 07003
CALDWELL-Town Hall 1 Provost Square Caldwell, NJ 07006
CEDAR GROVE-Essex County Department of Public Works 99 West Bradford Ave. Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
EAST ORANGE-City Hall 44 City Hall Plaza East Orange, NJ 07017
ESSEX FELLS- Municipal Bldg (rear) 255 Roseland Ave. Essex Fells NJ 07021
FAIRFIELD- Police Department (front) 230 Fairfield Rd. Fairfield, NJ 07004
GLEN RIDGE-Municipal Bldg 825 Bloomfield Ave. Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
IRVINGTON- Town Hall/Police Department 1 Civic Square Irvington, NJ 07111
LIVINGSTON- Town Hall 357 S. Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039
MAPLEWOOD- Police & Court Bldg 1618 Springfield Ave. Maplewood, NJ 07040
MILLBURN-Town Hall 375 Millburn Ave. Millburn, NJ 07041
MONTCLAIR-Municipal Bldg 205 Claremont Ave. Montclair, NJ 07042
NORTH CALDWELL-Borough Hall 141 Gould Ave North Caldwell, NJ 07006
NEWARK-City Hall 920 Broad St. (Green Street side) Newark, NJ 07102
NUTLEY- Town Hall 1 Kennedy Dr. Nutley, NJ 07110
ORANGE-Freddie Polhill Law & Justice Complex 29 Park St. Orange, NJ 07050
ROSELAND- Police Station 15 Harrison Ave. Roseland, NJ 07068
SOUTH ORANGE- Firehouse 56 Sloan Street (Gazebo) South Orange, NJ 07079
VERONA-Civic Center 600 Bloomfield Ave. Verona, NJ 07044
WEST CALDWELL-Municipal Bldg. 30 Clinton Rd. West Caldwell, NJ 07006
WEST ORANGE- Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex (Located by Parking Deck) 560 Northfield Ave.
West Orange, NJ 07052 WEST ORANGE Town Hall 66 Main Street, West Orange NJ 07052