Election Dates & Deadlines

2017 Election Dates & Reporting

A quick reference of important election-related dates appears below.

April 3: Petition filing deadline (4 p.m.) for the June Primary

April 7: Deadline for objections to partisan candidates’ nominating petitions for the Primary

April 12: Deadline for the Determination of Petition Challenge for the June Primary

April 12: Last day to file Party Declaration Forms to change party affiliation for the June Primary

April 17: Ballot Position Draw (3 p.m.) for the June Primary

April 17: Continuing Political Action Committee first-quarter Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton

April 22:  Clerk’s Office begins to mail ballots to registered voters who requested  an Absentee/Mail-in Ballot be sent to them

May 8: 29-day Pre-Primary Election Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton

May 16: Last day to register to vote for the June Primary

May 23: Deadline for filing of appointments or applications for Challengers with the Sussex County Board of Elections for the Primary

May 26: 11-day Pre-Primary Election Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton

May 30: Deadline for the County Clerk to receive an application for a Mail-In Ballot; this is the last day ballots can be mailed for the November General Election (note that voters still can apply and vote in person at the Clerk’s Office up until 3 p.m. June 5)

May 31:  Sample Ballots are mailed to all registered voters in the county.

June 2: Challenge to Mail-In Ballots for the Primary Election at the Board of Elections

June 5: Last day to apply in person for a Mail-In Ballot before 3 p.m. at the County Clerk’s Office

June 6: Primary Election Day

June 6: Petition filing deadline (4 p.m.) for Independent candidates for the General Election

June 12: Deadline for objections to Independent candidates’ nominating petitions for the General Election

June 13:  Deadline to file “Acceptance of Nomination” by successful Primary write-in nominee

June 14:  Deadline for municipal clerks to certify to the County Clerk the names of duly elected County Committee Members

June 15: Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge for Independent petitions for the General Election

June 21: Deadline for Recount of the Primary Election, application to be made with Judge of Superior Court

June 26: 20-day Post Primary Election Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton

July 14: Continuing Political Action Committee second-quarter Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton

July 31: Petition filing deadline (4 p.m.) for School Board candidates (all petitions are filed with the County Clerk)

Aug. 4: Deadline for objections to School Board candidates’ nominating petitions

Aug. 10: Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge for School Board petitions

Aug. 14: Ballot Position Draw (3 p.m.) for November General Election and School Board Election candidates

Aug. 18: Last day for municipalities and/or county governing bodies to submit to the County Clerk a public question (non-binding) to appear on the General Election Ballot

Aug. 29: Last day for an Independent candidate to withdraw from the General Election Ballot

Sept. 1: Last day for voters of a municipality to place a public question (non-binding) on the General Election Ballot (submitted by petition and adopted by their governing body)

Sept. 5: Petition filing deadline for a new Nomination Petition to fill a vacancy for an Independent candidate and School Board candidate for the General Election

Sept. 5:  Petition filing deadline for Non-Partisan (Faulkner) candidates to be voted at the November General Election

Sept. 8: Deadline for a School Board candidate to withdraw

Sept. 8:  Deadline for School Board to submit Public Question for November School board elections to County Clerk

Sept. 11:  Deadline to file objections to municipal Non-Partisan candidate petitions

Sept. 12: Last day for a candidate nominated in the Primary Election to withdraw from the General Election

Sept. 14: Last day to fill a vacancy of Primary Election nominees

Sept. 16:  Drawing of ballot positions for Municipal Non-Partisan candidates voted at the November General Election

Sept. 23:  County Clerk will begin mailing absentee/mail-in ballots to registered voters who submitted a request for same

Oct. 10: 29-day Pre-General Election and Pre-School Board Election Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton

Oct. 16: Continuing Political Action Committee third-quarter Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton

Oct. 17: Last day to register to vote for the November General Election; Board of Elections will remain open into the evening for registration (call 973-579-0950 for hours)

Oct. 24: Deadline for filing of appointments or applications for Challengers with the Sussex County Board of Elections for General Election and School Board Election

Oct. 27: 11-day Pre-General Election and Pre-School Board Election Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton

Oct. 31: Deadline for the County Clerk to receive an application for a Mail-In Ballot; this is the last day ballots can be mailed for the November General Election

Nov. 1:  Sample Ballots are mailed to all registered voters in Sussex County

Nov. 3: Challenge to Mail-In Ballots for the General Election and School Board Election at the Board of Elections

Nov. 6: Last day to apply in person for a Mail-In Ballot before 3 p.m. at the Clerk’s Office

Nov. 7:  General Election Day

Nov. 22: Deadline for recount of the General Election and School Board Election; application to be made with Judge of Superior Court

Nov. 27: 20-day Post-General Election and Post-School Board Election Campaign Finance Report due in Trenton