Polling places will be open again on Election Day for in-person voting on voting machines. Voters will receive a sample ballot approximately 1-2 weeks before Election Day, which will provide the location of their assigned polling place.
For those voters who prefer to vote by mail, they can request a mail-in ballot from the County Clerk's Office. Upon voting their ballot, they can choose to return their ballot in one of three ways:
Any voter who fails to apply for a mail-in ballot by the deadline and who cannot or does not wish to vote at the polls on Election Day may apply to vote an early paper ballot in person at the County Clerk's Office up until 3 p.m. the Monday before Election Day. Regular office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Cochran House Professional Bldg., 83 Spring Street, Suite 304 in Newton. Paid parking lot available on Trinity Street.
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 up to 45 days prior to major elections.
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 by 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.
If you prefer to vote by mail in all future elections, be sure to check that box at the top of your Vote By Mail Application.
If someone assisted you in completing your Vote By Mail Application, they should complete Section 10 of the application.
Once you apply for a mail-in ballot, you will not be allowed to vote at your polling place in the same election.
STEP 1: When your mail-in ballot arrives, open it right away to make sure your packet is complete
A Certificate of Mail-In Voter
A blue Return Envelope
If you are missing any item listed above, please contact the County Clerk's Office at 973-579-0900, ext. 1507.
STEP 2: Locate the ballot; read the "Instructions to the Voter"
These appear on your ballot (top left box). Failing to follow the instructions can result in your vote not being counted.
STEP 3: Mark your ballot
STEP 4: Fold your ballot and place it in the pocket of your "certificate" envelope
This pocket envelope is located under the flap labeled "Certificate of Mail-In Voter." Seal the flap down to secure your ballot inside, but do NOT detach the flap.
STEP 5: Complete the "Certificate of Mail-In Voter"
You must sign the certificate where indicated. The signature should match how you signed your name at the time of voter registration. If there is an issue with your signature, the Board of Elections will contact you and give you instructions on how to "cure" your signature issue.
(If you are voting a primary ballot you must also declare a party affiliation; you do this by checking the box of the party ballot you voted.)
FACT: Signing the "Certificate of Mail-In Voter" is necessary to prevent someone else from voting your mail-in ballot. When your ballot is received by the Board of Elections, board workers will verify that your signature matches their record and then they will detach the certificate from the envelope that contains your ballot. When the envelope is opened and your ballot revealed, there is nothing connecting you to the ballot; your votes remain anonymous.
STEP 6: Place the "Certificate of Mail-In Voter" envelope into the blue return envelope
Make sure that your name and address show through the window; seal the blue envelope.
STEP 7: Return your ballot; you have 3 options
1. Mail your ballot.
2. Deposit it in one of 13 secure Ballot Drop Boxes located in the county.
3. Hand-deliver your ballot to the County Board of Elections (if you designate someone to deliver it for you, that person would be your "bearer" and must complete the boxed bearer section on the front of the blue envelope).
Call our office if you require assistance 973-579-0900, ext. 1507.
For those voters who cannot make it to the polls on Election Day and who missed the deadline 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.
Note that an authorized messenger may not serve as a messenger (or bearer) for more than THREE qualified voters, except that the individual may serve as such for up to FIVE qualified voters if those voters are immediate family members living in the same household as the messenger/bearer. The voted ballots must be delivered to the County Board of Elections by the close of polls on Election Day (which is 8 p.m. for Primary & General elections); 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 ballot.
Download a Vote By Mail Ballot Application. You must complete Sections 1-9 and 11 (complete Section 10 only if applicable). The voter authorizes a person to act as an authorized messenger by completing and signing Section 11 of the application. The authorized messenger will be required to present photo ID and apply his/her signature to Section 11 in front of the County Clerk or his designee at the time the application is submitted.
Feel free to call the Clerk’s Office with any early voting questions you may have (973-579-0900, ext. 1507)
If you requested a mail-in ballot for the June Primary or you are on a list to automatically receive mail-in ballots for all future elections, but you do not receive a ballot in the mail, you can request a replacement ballot from the Sussex County Clerk's Office by calling 973-579-0900, ext. 1507.
Do NOT request a replacement ballot if you only need a new envelope; call our office at 973-579-0900, ext. 1507 for new yellow or blue envelopes.
Do NOT request a replacement ballot if you already voted and returned a ballot.
Voters who requested to receive mail-in ballots for all future elections, but who have decided they no longer want to receive ballots by mail can discontinue this service at any time by submitting a request in writing to our office. For your convenience, COMPLETE & RETURN THIS FORM TO OPT-OUT if you no longer want to receive mail-in ballots for all future elections.
Overseas voters are permitted to vote via regular mail, fax, or e-mail. This service is available to Sussex County residents (or former residents) who are living or working outside the United States, including military personnel and their dependents (see Military Voter tab).
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. 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 and their dependents, and civilians attached to or serving in the military are permitted to vote electronically. For more information on registering to vote or voting absentee while in or attached to the military visit fvap.gov.
Note that voted ballots 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. Provisional Ballots are counted after the deadline for receiving mail-in/absentee ballots has passed.
NOTICE REGARDING THE “ALL FUTURE ELECTION” MAILING LIST: Some voters have expressed concern that, because they voted by mail under Executive Order in the 2020 elections, they will be placed on the list to automatically receive mail-in ballots in all future elections. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Voters who voted by mail under executive order in 2020 will NOT be put on this list and so have no need to opt off the list.
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