Important Election Dates & Deadlines

Party Affiliation Change

An affiliation change must be made at least 55 days prior to Primary Election date. Access the political party affiliation form (PDF).

Voter Registration

You must register at least 21 days before the Primary Election date. A New Jersey resident who is at least 17 years of age may pre-register to vote, but cannot vote until reaching the age of 18.

Absentee Ballot

An absentee ballot must be received by County Clerk not less than 7 days before the Election by mail, or by 3 p.m. in person, the day before the Election.

Evening Registration

The Clerk’s office holds a nighttime voter registration until 9 p.m. on the 21st day before the election.

Vote by Mail Ballots (formerly known as Absentee Ballots)

Only the person applying for the absentee ballot can pick up the application (PDF). In case of illness, a messenger can obtain an absentee ballot from the County Clerk’s office upon presentation of a request signed by the voter. Once a person applies for the absentee ballot, they cannot vote in person at the polls.

The County Clerk’s contact information is:

Hall of Records
Room 247
P.O. Box 690
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone: 973-621-4921