It has come to our attention that many New Jersey voters have recently been sent a letter from an organization called the “Center For Voter Information”. In an attempt to increase voter turnout, the mailing includes a partially completed Vote by Mail Application and states that the voter has had below average election participation compared to other voters.
Please be aware that this letter did not come from the Morris County Clerk’s Office. There may be similar letters from other organizations circulating in the next few weeks. Voters do have the option to complete the application provided and mail it to us but are under no obligation to do so.
Important Message Regarding the New Statewide Vote by Mail Law
A new law signed by Governor Phil Murphy in August drastically changed the Vote by Mail rules in New Jersey. These changes are effective immediately and will impact the November General Election.
One of the changes involves how a voter can apply for a Mail-In Ballot. Before the change in the law, a voter had three options on the application. The voter could opt to receive a Mail-In Ballot for one election, all elections in one calendar year, and all future general elections.
Now, a voter has only two options for voting by mail. A voter can request a Mail-In Ballot for one election or for all elections every year until the voter opts out in writing. Voters can download the updated Vote by Mail application here.
Most importantly, all voters who requested and received a Mail-In Ballot during the 2016 General Election are now due to receive a Mail-In Ballot for the 2018 General Election and all future elections unless they have opted out by returning a form that was mailed to those voters in early September.
Please click here to download a form that you may complete and either e-mail, fax or mail to opt out of receiving a Mail-In Ballot for all future elections, following the upcoming General Election.
It is important to remember that, according to State law, any voter who receives a Mail-In Ballot will not be permitted to vote on a voting machine on Election Day. Voters will either have to utilize the Mail-In Ballot they receive or vote on a paper provisional ballot at the polls on Election Day.
I apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause you, however, we must comply with the new State law.
If you have any questions about the Vote by Mail process or about the new law, I encourage you to contact my Elections Division at [email protected] or 973-285-6066.
Ann F. Grossi, Esq.
Morris County Clerk
General Election on Tuesday, November 6th
Mail-In Ballots are now available for the upcoming General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 6th. Applications must be received by Tuesday, October 30th in order to vote by mail.
In-person early voting is also available from 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, up until 3:00pm on Monday, November 5th. In addition, we will have extended hours on on Tuesday, October 30th until 7:30pm and Saturday, November 3rd from 8:00am until noon.
Passport Department Evening Hours on Tuesdays
Please be aware that our office will be closed on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th. The Passport Department will not be open late that evening.
Our Passport Department is open late Tuesday evenings.
Due to required processing times, we cannot accept walk-ins past 4:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays or past 7:30pm on Tuesdays.
Only those with appointments will be accepted beyond those times.
If you would like to set up a time to meet with a Passport Acceptance Agent, please call 973-285-6161. We will set aside 15 minutes for each application to be processed. If there is a need to cancel, please notify our office at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.