PLEASE READ – Elections Department Closing to the Public Until Further Notice
Due to concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Clerk’s Office Elections Department will be closing to the public except for certain circumstances until further notice. Please contact the office at 973-285-6066 for further details.
Please read this press release for complete information.
Urgent Notice to Voters Living in Morris Township
The United States Post Office has notified the County Clerk’s Office that a mail delivery truck caught on fire on Saturday, June 20, 2020, while delivering mail and that Vote by Mail ballots to be delivered may possibly have been in the truck. Any registered Democrat or Republican voter who may reside at these addresses and did not receive a Vote by Mail Ballot or an Unaffiliated voter who did not receive a Vote by Mail Application is urged to contact our office immediately at 973-285-6066.
July 7, 2020 Primary Election – Frequently Asked Questions
On May 15, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #144 stating that the July 7th Primary Election will be conducted primarily by Vote by Mail, with limited in person polling locations open on Primary Election Day. VBM will be new to many Morris County residents and the process itself is being adapted for activation at scale in light of the health crisis. It is important for our voters to understand how the new process will work so we can be sure our votes are valid under the new rules.
Please read our FAQ for detailed information regarding the July 7, 2020 Primary Election.
Due to the significant changes from the Executive Order, we anticipate that meaningful results will likely not be available on election night. More information can be found in our Election Night Reporting FAQ.
Click here to read about the separate election related responsibilities performed by the County Clerk’s Office and the Board of Elections.
Polling Place List & Vote by Mail Ballot Drop Box Locations
As a result of the Governor’s Executive Order #144, the Board of Elections will be operating a limited number of polling places for the Primary Election on Tuesday, July 7th. Please see their list of certified polling locations for more information.
Vote by Mail Ballot drop boxes will be available in 5 convenient locations throughout Morris County for voters who would like to utilize them instead of returning their postage paid ballots through the mail. More information about the VBM Ballot drop boxes can be found here.
Important Message Regarding the New Statewide Vote by Mail Law
Effective August 28, 2019, P.L.2019, c.265 was enacted requiring County Clerks to send Vote by Mail Ballots for the November 5, 2019 General Election to all voters who voted by mail in any election in 2017 or 2018. Please be advised the law also requires the County Clerks to automatically issue Vote by Mail Ballots for all future elections to all voters who voted by mail in any election in 2017 or 2018 unless the voter informs the County Clerk in writing that they do not wish to receive a Vote by Mail Ballot for all future elections.
THE DEADLINE FOR US TO RECEIVE OPT OUT FORMS FOR THE PRIMARY ELECTION WAS MARCH 30, 2020.
It is important to remember that, according to State law, any voter who receives a Vote by Mail Ballot will not be permitted to vote on a voting machine on Election Day. Voters will either have to utilize the Vote by Mail 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
Election Night Reporting Website
What We Do
- Receive Mail-In Ballot requests and process them
- Send out Mail-In Ballots
- Offer in-person early voting for all elections in the County, along with extended hours on certain days prior to Primary and General Elections
- Design and print Mail-In, Emergency, Provisional, Voting Machine and Sample Ballots
- Distribute petitions for county and local offices, State Committee, November School Board candidates, Independent candidates and County Committee
- Collect petitions for county offices, November School Board candidates, State Committee and Independent candidates
- Tabulate election results on election night
- Certify the election results to the NJ Division of Elections
- Assist in the process of filing Financial Disclosure Statements that are required for certain public employees and officials
- Work closely with the 39 municipalities in Morris County and the Board of Elections to ensure that the entire election process runs smoothly
- 2020 Primary Mail-In Ballot Notice (Spanish)
- 2020 Primary Mail-In Ballot Notice (English)
- Mail-In Ballot Application (Spanish) (for 2020 Primary Election only)
- Mail-In Ballot Application (English) (for 2020 Primary Election only)
- Mail-In Ballot Application (Spanish)
- Mail-In Ballot Application (English)
- Mail-In Ballot Instructions (Spanish)
- Mail-In Ballot Instructions (English)
- Mail-in Ballot Opt-Out Form
- Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (for all military and citizens living outside the U.S.)*
Primary Election Petitions
- Candidate Petition – County Offices
- Candidate Petition – Municipal Offices
- Municipal Office Signature Requirements
- Candidate Petition – County Committee
- County Committee Signature Requirements
General Election Petitions
- Instructions for Single Signature Electronic Petitions
- Single Signature Electronic Candidate Petition for County & Municipal Offices – 1 Candidate
- Single Signature Electronic Candidate Petition for County & Municipal Offices – 2 Candidates
- Single Signature Electronic Candidate Petition for County & Municipal Offices – 3 Candidates
PLEASE NOTE: The single signature sheets are intended to supplement the regular petitions found below. The candidate information on the first page as well as the Certificate of Acceptance and Oath of Allegiance within the regular petition must be completed with the exception that the notary requirements have been waived. Circulators must still fill in their information if any in-person signatures were collected by them. Petitions must be filed with the appropriate Clerk by July 7th at 4:00pm, however they may be submitted electronically instead of in-person. Please contact their office for more information.