SPECIAL ELECTION NOTICE: The ballot draw for candidate position on Sussex County’s 2018 General Election ballot (including school board) will be held on Mon., August 13 in the County Clerk’s conference room. Candidates and members of the public are welcome to attend the draw, which begins promptly at 3 p.m.
To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be:
- A United States citizen
- At least 17 years of age; but you will not be able to vote in an election until you are at least 18 years of age
- A resident of your home county for at least 30 days before the next election
You are not eligible to register to vote if you are serving a sentence or are on parole or probation, as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law, or have been adjudged mentally incompetent.
Voter Registration Forms are processed by the County Board of Elections. Complete the registration form and mail to: Sussex County Board of Elections, 83 Spring St., Suite 305, Newton, NJ 07860.
The Voter Registration Form also can be used for name and address changes. Forms must be received by the County Board of Election at least 21 days prior to the next election in order to be able to vote in that election.
Where To Vote
Use the GIS link below to locate your election polling place. The link also allows you to comment on the conditions at your polling place, and to obtain information about your current elected officials.
To locate your polling place…
Click the link below, then simply click on the magnifying glass (search icon located at the top right of your screen) and type your home address in the search box. Your polling place and respective voting precinct will then be highlighted on the map and information about the polling place and elected officials will be displayed in two tabs along the bottom of the map.
What's On The Ballot
2018 November 6 General Election
Preliminary Candidate List for Nov. 6 School Board Election (not yet available)
General Election SAMPLE BALLOTS (to come)
“Sample Ballots” are provided for information purposes only and CANNOT be voted. They represent a sample of the Vote By Mail Ballot, and are provided as a courtesy to the public.
If you are a registered voter in the county, you will receive a printed Sample Ballot in the mail approximately one week prior to Election Day that shows you what your electronic ballot will look like when you go to your polling place to vote on Election Day. NOTE: Your mailed sample ballot also CANNOT be voted; it is for previewing purposes only.
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EARLY VOTING OPTIONS …
SPECIAL EXTENDED HOURS for in-person voting will be available at the County Clerk’s Office on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. through noon.
Anyone can vote early by mail without having to state a reason for wanting to do so. Mail-in Ballots (also called “Absentee Ballots”) are available 45 days prior to Election Day. We offer the following options to obtain a mail-in/absentee ballot:
Option 1: Request and Receive Your Ballot by Mail
To receive your ballot by mail, download a Mail-In Ballot Application and complete Sections 1-9* and mail your signed application to Sussex County Clerk’s Office, 83 Spring St., Suite 304, Newton, NJ 07860. In order to receive your ballot by mail, your application must be received in our office a minimum of seven (7) days prior to an election. Any voter who fails to apply by the deadline may apply in person at our office up to 3:00 p.m. the day before the election. Voters should visit our website for updated information on extended hours for in-person/early voting as an election day draws near.
- If someone assisted you in completing your application, they should complete Section 11.
- Section 10 is optional.
- Once you apply for a mail-in ballot, you will not be allowed to vote at your polling place in the same election.
If you apply for a mail-in ballot, you will not be able to vote on the machine at your polling place on Election Day. Should there be a problem with your mail-in ballot (e.g., you misplace it or don’t receive it by the mailing deadline) and you go to your polling place to vote, the poll worker should issue you a Provisional paper ballot.
Option 2: Apply in Person
Any voter who fails to apply for a mail-in ballot by the deadline may apply in person at our office up until 3:00 p.m. the day before the election. Voters are welcome anytime Mon-Fri between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Voters should visit our website for updated information on extended hours for in-person/early voting as an election date draws near.
Option 3: Authorize a Messenger To Deliver Your Ballot
For those voters who cannot make it to the polls on Election Day, but who do not have enough time to apply by mail for a “Mail-In Ballot,” they may authorize a messenger to apply on their behalf, messenger them their ballot, and then deliver their voted ballot to the County Board of Elections.
Download a Vote By Mail Ballot Application. You must complete Sections 1-9 and 12 (complete Section 11 only if applicable; Section 10 is optional). The voter authorizes a person to act as an authorized messenger by completing and signing Section 12 of the application. The authorized messenger will be required to present photo ID and apply his/her signature to Section 12 in front of the County Clerk or his designee at the time the application is submitted.
Note that an authorized messenger may not serve as a messenger for more than THREE qualified voters and, likewise, is limited to be the bearer of THREE voted ballots. The voted ballots must be delivered to the County Board of Elections, where the bearer will be required to present official identification before signing the mandated bearer log.
To qualify as an authorized messenger …
- Person must be a registered voter in the county or a family member of the qualified voter.
- Person CANNOT be a candidate in the election for which the voter is requesting a Mail-In Ballot.
Feel free to call the Clerk’s Office with any Early Voting questions you may have (973-579-0900, ext. 1507)
If you are currently overseas, you may complete an overseas ballot application, which will allow you to vote via regular mail, fax, or e-mail. This service is available to residents (or former residents) of Sussex County who are living or working out of the United States, including military personnel and their dependents.
Types of “Overseas” voters
U.S. citizens living permanently overseas may vote a Federal Overseas Ballot, which allows them to vote for Federal offices only, including President, U.S. Senate, and Congress; whereas U.S. citizens visiting or residing temporarily overseas are eligible to vote the complete ballot of their permanent address in the U.S.
Visit fvap.gov for more complete information on overseas voting.
Military servicemen and women who need to vote by absentee ballot should apply for their ballot using the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA). The following voters also can apply using the FPCA: dependents of military personnel, patients in veteran hospitals, and civilians attached to or serving in the military. For more information on voting absentee in the military and/or voting overseas, visit fvap.gov.
Note that voted ballots must be received by the County Board of Elections before the close of polls on Election Day.
Option to Vote by Mail in ALL General Elections only
Voters who wish to vote by mail-in ballot in each and every future General Election may request that they be placed on a General Election Vote by Mail list by checking Box B of Section 10 on the Vote By Mail Application.
Once you submit an application with Box B selected, you will not be permitted to vote at your polling place in future General Elections.
Mail the completed application to: Sussex County Clerk, 83 Spring St., Suite 304, Newton, NJ 07860.
Your voted ballot must be received by the County Board of Elections before the close of polls on Election Day.
In New Jersey, ALL accepted mail-in/absentee ballots are counted on Election Day.
If you require additional information not found at this site, please feel free to Contact Us.