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New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way demonstrates new machines for early voting at a meeting of county election officials on August 5, 2021. (Photo: NJ Secretary of State).

N.J. could have 14 Election Days this year

By David Wildstein, February 15 2022 3:13 pm

The number of Election Days in New Jersey is astonishing: it could be the fourteenth this year, more or less, depending on the circumstances.

Elections in 2022 started on January 25 when nine school districts across the state held special school referendums to approve capital project and improvement spending.  That’s one of four special school board Election Days throughout the year, along with March 8, October 4 – the Commissioner of Education approved moving the September election to October this year – and December 13.

There was a special referendum election in Mount Laurel on February 1.  Maywood voters are going to the polls today in a do-over of a November 2021 election for one seat on the borough council that ended in a tie.

Some municipalities elect their Fire District Commissioners.  Election Day is on Saturday, February 19.  Fire districts run these elections, and polling places typically open up around 2 PM at the fire station.

Voters in South Toms River will hold a do-over election on March 15, 2022 for a November 2020 election that resulted in a tie.  Lawsuits and judicial delays have kept one borough council seat empty for more than a year.

On March 22, Old Bridge will be the site of a do-over election for a Ward 4 township council seat.  A Superior Court Judge invalidated the results of the November 2021 election, where Democrat Jill DeCaro unseated GOP incumbent Mark Razzoli by 11 votes after ruling  that at least 27 voters who live on Cymbeline Drive received the wrong ballot after election officials entered the wrong wards into the Statewide Voter Registration System.

While most of New Jersey has shifted their school board elections to November, there are still places in the state that hold April 19 school board elections.

Fifteen non-partisan municipal elections are set for May 10, including mayoral races in Newark, Paterson and Bayonne.  Some of the municipalities have runoffs on June 14 if candidates fail to hit the 50% mark.

Democratic and Republican primary elections will be held on June 7 to nominate candidates for Congress, and to county and municipal offices.

The General Election will be on November 8.

In some cases where non-partisan municipal elections are held in November and runoffs are necessitated by a candidate falling short of the 50% mark, runoffs will be held on December 6.

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