Elections matter. The people we elect to represent us – from the White House to the State Assembly to City and Town Council – hold tremendous power or can threaten to protect our natural resources.
We can only elect environmentally responsible candidates across the state with your vote!
Who should I vote for?
Every election year, we endorse candidates whom we expect to be environmental champions as well as ballot measures that protect and restore New Jersey’s environment. See which candidates we have endorsed for the 2020 election.
When do I vote?
Every active registered New Jersey voter should have received a paper ballot in the mail by October 5. Once you complete your ballot, return it right away. There are a number of ways you can do this:
- By mail. Your ballot needs to be postmarked by November 3, but the sooner you do it, the better. Postage is already paid on every mail-in ballot in New Jersey, so no need to use a stamp.
- In person.
New Jersey does not allow early in-person voting, but you can vote in person on Election Day, November 3, 2020 without your paper ballot.
How do I vote?
If you’re voting early by paper ballot:
- Read the enclosed instructions carefully on how to mark your ballot and be sure to complete the front and back of each page. Vote in every race on the ballot.
- Put your ballot into the inner certification envelope. Fill out and sign the certificate, as well as anyone who provided assistance to the filling out of your ballot. Do not detach the certificate from the certification envelope.
- Seal the certificate envelope, and then place it into the pre-paid mailing envelope.
- If someone other than yourself is returning your ballot to the post office, mail box, ballot drop box, or polling place ensure that they fill out the bearer section on the back of the pre-paid mailing envelope.
- After you return your ballot, you can track the status of your ballot here.
If you're voting in person on Election Day:
- Check your polling place based on where you are registered to vote, as locations may be different than the past due to the pandemic. Polling places will be open in every county from 7am – 8pm.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- Since you will need to vote using a paper provisional ballot, please bring your own blue- or black-ink pen to mark your ballot and limit your exposure to shared surfaces. Only those with disabilities will be allowed to use voting booths.
- Be prepared for an additional wait due to social distancing and other challenges of the pandemic. Maintain social distance by staying 6 feet apart from poll workers and other voters while you are waiting in line, checking in, and voting.
- Follow instructions from poll workers and other election officials, who are there to help things run smoothly.
If you didn’t receive your ballot and you are registered, please contact your county clerk to determine the status of your ballot and next steps. If you did not receive your ballot and would like to receive it by mail, you must request your ballot by Friday, October 23, 2020. Otherwise you must get your vote by mail ballot in person from your county clerk. If you pick up a vote by mail ballot on Election Day in person, you have until 8pm to return it to the Board of Elections, your polling place, or one of your county’s secure authorized ballot drop boxes.