MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Every presidential election is historic. But 2020 has the potential to change the course of our country. Exercising your right to vote has never been so important, or so easy. If you are not registered, or you know someone who is not, here's how to register and vote in New Jersey's vote by mail election:

Confirm your voter registration status

New Jersey residents can confirm their voter registration record by searching the NJ Division of Elections database of registered voters

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Register to vote by Oct. 13

New Jersey residents can now register online at the Department of State, Division of Elections 2020 New Jersey Voter Information Portal

As an alternative, Essex County residents may download the voter registration form in English or Spanish. Qualifications are being a United States Citizen, at least 18 years old by the next election, and a resident of your home county for 30 days before the election. The voter registration form can also be used for name and address changes.

A voter registration form may also be picked up in person at the Essex County Clerk's Office, from your local municipal clerk, or from a Motor Vehicle Agency office; and then send the completed application to: Essex County Commissioner of Registration, Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, RM 417A, Newark, NJ 07102-9852; OR present the application in person at the Commissioner of Registration's Office.

The Maplewood Clerk and South Orange Clerk's offices will be open on Oct. 13 until 9 p.m. to receive registration forms.

Directions for Voting

Every voter can help the General Election run as smoothly as possible by filling out and returning your General Election Vote-by-Mail ballot as soon as possible after you receive it.

The following early voting methods are available now, and are in effect until the polls close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3:

Send it to your County Board of Elections by U.S. Postal Service (postage is prepaid).

Deposit it in your County Board of Elections secure ballot drop-off box. There are boxes in Maplewood and South Orange.  Click here for other drop-off box locations.  The boxes are available on a 24/7 basis until 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Hand deliver it to your County Board of Elections or County Clerk’s offices. These offices will be open for ballot delivery on Nov. 3 (check with your County Board of Elections for hours of operation). Please note that hand delivery requires voters to present New Jersey identification and sign a register.

Designate a ballot bearer to deposit it in a drop-off box, or hand deliver it to the Board of Elections or County Clerk’s offices (instructions are printed on the ballot).

In addition, on Election Day voters can bring their Vote-by-Mail ballot to your designated polling place. Click here to find your polling place.

Voters who come to their polling place without a Vote-by-Mail ballot will be provided with a provisional paper ballot to use. ADA-accessible voting machines are available only for voters with disabilities.

 

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