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 future elections.
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 have received a Mail-In Ballot for the 2018 General Election and are due to receive one for all future elections unless they have opted out by returning a form that was mailed to those voters in early September.
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
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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
- Mail-In Ballot Application
- Spanish Version Mail-In Ballot Application
- Mail-in Ballot Opt-Out Form
- Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (for all military and citizens living outside the U.S.)*
*Email FPCAs to [email protected] or fax to 973-285-5233
- Primary Election Candidate Petition - County
- Primary Election Candidate Petition - Municipal
- General Election Candidate Petition - Independent