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(Gloucestercitynews.net)(August 14, 2020)--The New Jersey Globe has reported that Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered the general election to be conducted almost entirely through vote-by-mail ballots.

That means nearly 6.2 million voters would automatically receive VBM ballots for the November general election, with limited in-person polling locations available for voters requiring special assistance or for the casting of provisional ballots.

This will be New Jersey’s third vote-by-mail election this year after Murphy ordered local elections and referendums in 33 municipalities to be all-VBM on May 12 and then moved the June primary to a mostly mail-in ballot contest on July 7 as a way to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The number of secure ballot drop box locations are expected to be expanded for the general election and continue to extend the number of days for ballots postmarked by Election Day to arrive at county election offices and still be counted. Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 18.19.04

New Jersey law allows two days for ballots to arrive after Election Day, but Murphy extended that to seven days for the primary.

Thousands of ballots arrived too late to be counted for the May election but the lengthening of time Murphy ordered for the July election reduced the number of rejected ballots considerably, according to The New Jersey Globe.

Murphy has the option of extending the time period to something longer than seven days.  Under a new law, California allows ballots postmarked by Election Day up to seventeen days to arrive at election offices and still be included in the count.

Below is more information about the November 3 Presidential Election voting plans. 

Pursuant to the federal "Help America Vote Act of 2002" (HAVA), if you registered to vote by mail in your county after January 1, 2003, and Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 17.59.37never voted in a federal election in the county, you were required to provide your county commissioner of registration with identification.

Whenever a person delivers a ballot to the county board, that person shall provide proof of the person's identity in the form of a New Jersey driver's license, or another form of identification issued or recognized as official by the federal government, the State, or any of its subdivisions, providing the identification carries the full address and signature of the person. The person shall sign a record maintained by the county of all mail-in ballots personally delivered to it.

A voter may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot (listed below) and returning the application to their County Clerk.

To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election.

A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election.

The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of a Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required.

 

August 25

Deadline for Submission of Public Questions (Other Than Proposed Amendments to the NJ Constitution)
(not less than 70 days following final action of the Governor or the Legislature)
NJ Constitution, Article II, Sec. 1, P. 2

August 25

Deadline for Independent Candidates to Decline Nomination for General Election

(70 days before election)

N.J.S.A. 19:13-16

August 25

Deadline for Withdrawal of School Board & Fire District Candidates

(70 days before election)

N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

August 28

Deadline for Submission to the County Clerk of Municipal Non-binding Public Questions Adopted by the Municipal Governing Body Upon the filing of a Qualified Petition by the Local Electorate
(67 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:37-1.1

August 31

Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for New Nomination Petition to fill a Vacancy for Independent Candidates and School Election & Fire District Candidates for the General Election

(before 4:00 p.m. on or before 64th day prior to election)

N.J.S.A. 19:13-19

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August 31

2020 General Election Timeline

Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be voted at the November General Election
(on or before 64th day prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-8

September

September 3

Deadline for Amendment to Defective Petitions for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be voted at the November General Election
(not later than 61 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-9

September 4

Deadline to Submit Public Question for November School Board Elections to the County Clerk by the School Board Secretary
(60 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-4

September 4

Filing Deadline for Objections to Nominating Petitions for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates

(no later than 4 days after filing deadline)

N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

September 8

Last Day Vacancy Can Occur for Primary Election Nominees for the General Election

(56 days before election)

N.J.S.A. 19:13-20

September 8

Publication of Notice of Mail-In Ballot Availability for General Election by County Clerks

(prior to the 55th day before election)

N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

September 9

Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge to Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be Voted at the November General Election
(9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

September 10

Deadline for Filling Primary Nominee Vacancy for General Election

(54 days before election)

N.J.S.A. 19:13-20

September 13 - October 12

Publication of Notice of General Election by County Boards of Election

(within 30 days before the close of registration election)

N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

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September 14*

2020 General Election Timeline

Deadline for Preparation of Official General Election Ballot for Printing

(50 days before election)

N.J.S.A. 19:14-1

* County Commissioner of Registration is to provide notice to the two County Chairpersons of the date to inspect voting machines after they have been prepared for the upcoming election. This date will vary from county to county. N.J.S.A. 19:48-6

September 19

Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for General Election

(45 days before election)

N.J.S.A. 19:63-5, N.J.S.A. 19:63-9

October

October 13

Voter Registration Deadline for General Election

(21 days before election)

N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

October 13

Mandated Evening Voter Registration Available for General Election in Offices of County Commissioners of Registration
(optional for Municipal Clerks)
(21 days before election)

N.J.S.A. 19:31-2

October 20

Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for General Election

(second Tuesday preceding election)

N.J.S.A. 19:7-3

October 25 - October 31

Publication of Notice of General Election by County Boards of Election

(once during the calendar week prior to election)

N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

October 27

Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for General Election by County Boards of Election
(7 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

October 27

Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election

(not less than 7 days prior to election)

N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

October 28

Mailing of Sample Ballots for General Election

(on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding the election)

N.J.S.A. 19:14-25

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October 30

2020 General Election Timeline

Deadline for Application to Receive General Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters
(4th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:59-4

November

November 2 – by 3:00 p.m.

Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for General Election

(up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election)

N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

November 2

Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for General Election by County Boards of Election
(1 day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

November 3

General Election

(Tuesday after first Monday in November)

N.J.S.A. 19:2-3, N.J.S.A. 19:15-2

November 3

Last Day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for General Election
(day of election)(notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing)
N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

November 3

Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the General Election

November 3

Deadline for in Person Submission of General Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election
(by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

November 4 - November 20

Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the General Election

(17 days following election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)

N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

November 5

Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election

(no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election)

N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

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November 11

2020 General Election Timeline

Meeting of County Board of Canvassers for General Election

(8 days after the election)

N.J.S.A. 19:19-1; N.J.S.A. 19:19-4; N.J.S.A. 19:19-6

November 18

Deadline for County Clerk to transmit Official General Election Results to the Secretary of State
(5 days after the meeting of the board)
N.J.S.A. 19:19-13

November 20

Deadline for Recount Applications for General Election

(within 17 days after election)

N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

November 20

Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the General Election

(within 17 days after election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)

N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

November 20

Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the General Election

(within 17 days after the election or 3 days after the certification of the results of the election)

N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21

December

December 3

Deadline for Meeting of Board of State Canvassers to Certify General Election Results

(on or before the 30th day after election)

N.J.S.A. 19:21-1

December 5

Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for General Election

(not later than 32 days after election)

N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

December 8

Municipal Non-Partisan Run-Off Election

(Tuesday next after the first Monday in December)

N.J.S.A. 40:45-19

December 14

Meeting of Electoral College

(first Monday after second Wednesday in December)

U.S.C. Title 3, Chapter 1, Section 7

source: NJ Board of Elections

 

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