General Election 2021

Posted: September 23, 2021

Earlier this year, a law was passed permitting in-person early voting in New Jersey. Here are the answers to five common questions about in-person early voting:

WHAT IS IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING?

This new option enables all registered voters to cast their ballot in person, using a voting machine, during a nine-day period prior to Election Day. You can now choose to vote, in person, when it’s most convenient for your schedule.

WHERE CAN I ACCESS IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING?

  • No matter where you live in the county, you can vote your specific ballot at any of your county’s designated in-person early voting locations.
  • The 3 vote centers in Sussex County and their polling hours are posted here.

WHEN CAN I ACCESS IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING?

  • In-person early voting locations will be open Saturday, October 23 through Sunday, October 31, 2021.
  • Hours will be Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. No appointment necessary.

WHAT IF I ALWAYS VOTE BY MAIL, BUT NOW WANT TO VOTE EARLY, IN PERSON, INSTEAD?

  • Check whether or not you are an active vote-by-mail voter at Vote.NJ.Gov, under “Am I Registered?”
  • If you are registered to vote by mail in the 2021 General Election, you must opt out, in order to cast a ballot in person on a machine at an early voting location.
  • To opt out, contact your county clerk at 973.579.0900, ext. 1507, by August 31, 2021.

CAN I STILL CHOOSE FROM OTHER VOTING OPTIONS?

Yes. You may select, instead, to Apply for a vote-by-mail ballot and return it one of the following ways…

  • Mail: It must be postmarked on or before 8:00 p.m. November 2 and be received by your county’s Board of Elections on or before November 8.
  • Secure Ballot Drop Box: Place it in one of your county’s secure ballot drop boxes by 8:00 p.m. on November 2. Drop box locations can be found at Vote.NJ.Gov.
  • Board of Elections Office: Deliver it in person to your county’s Board of Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. on November 2. County election officials’ contact information can be found at Vote.NJ.Gov.

Or, vote in person at your polling place, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 2, 2021.

Accommodations will be made for voters with disabilities.

NOTE: Vote-by-mail ballots CANNOT be returned to your polling place for this election.