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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in New Jersey.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2017 Election Dates & Deadlines

2017 November 7 General Election -- Date: November 7,2017

September 12, 2017 Absentee Voting Begins:Publication of Notice of Mail-In Ballot Availability for General Election by County Clerks
October 17, 2017 Voter Registration Ends:Voter Registration Deadline for General Election
October 31, 2017 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election
November 1, 2017 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Mailing of Sample Ballots for General Election
November 3, 2017 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens:Deadline for Application to Receive General Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters
November 6, 2017 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - In Person:Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for General Election(up to 3:00 p.m.on the day before election)
November 7, 2017 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Deadline for Submission of General Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018


Good To Know


Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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