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Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague votes by machine in the 1930s. (Photo: David Wildstein Collection.)

Things you need to know about Election Day

By David Wildstein, June 08 2021 9:13 am

The polls close for today’s primary election at 8 PM tonight.

As long as you at your polling location by 8 PM, you will be permitted to vote.  The polling place will remain open until everyone there on time has voted.

If you voted by mail, you may not vote on a machine.  But if you sent in your VBM ballot and you’re not certain in arrived, you may cast a provisional ballot as a backup.

Voters who received automatic mail-in ballots may not vote by machine, whether the ballot was returned or not.

You may still get a mail-in ballot at your county clerk’s office today.  If you have an emergent situation, like a health issue, and can’t get to the polls today, you may send someone to get your ballot for you.  But remember that a messenger may only deliver three ballots for this election.  Questions may be answered at 1-877-NJ-VOTER.

Voting is in-person this year – a return to normalcy after the 2020 Covid election.  If you need to know where you polling place is located, click HERE to use the Find Your Polling Location tool.

If you received a vote-by-mail ballot and haven’t returned it, that must be done by 8 PM today.  No exceptions.

You can use this U.S. Postal Service to return your vote-by-mail ballot but since the USPS makes no guarantees that your ballot will arrive at the county Board of Elections before next Monday’s deadline, officials strongly recommended that voters use a secure ballot drop box instead.  A list of secure ballot drop boxes can be obtained HERE.

Voters should confirm that their mail-in ballots were received by using the state Division of Elections Track My Ballot tool HERE.

If you voted by mail and you don’t see you’re ballot returned, you have the option of voting at your polling place using a provisional (paper) ballot.  Remember, provisional ballots count the same as machine votes – never let anyone tell you otherwise.

Remember, you must be a registered voter to vote and may check your registration status HERE.
https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check   If you registered at a state Motor Vehicles Commission location, take special care in confirming your status.

But you may still register to vote today for future elections.  New Jersey has online voter registration, so click HERE.

If you have any questions, call your county election official – click HERE for contact information – or call 1-877-NJ-VOTER.

Remember, any voter being prevented from voting for any reason may appear today before a Judge to ensure that your rights are not being disenfranchised. Don’t let anyone stop you from voting.  You may call New Jersey’s Nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition for help at 866-OUR-VOTE.

Only first time voters are required to show ID.

Also: if you voted by mail, keep an eye on your mail for cure letters if there were problems with your signature.  You will have until June 20 to fix this.

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