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New Jersey’s Primary Elections take place on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. NJ requires voters to be affiliated with a party in order to vote in their Primary Election. Learn more here.

New Jersey law also requires that voters be registered to vote in the municipality/district where they currently reside… so if you’ve moved recently, you’ll want to confirm you’re registered at your current address.

Heading to the polls to vote? Know BEFORE you go!
Click here to confirm your NJ voter registration and party affiliation. See a problem? Contact the Sussex County Board of Elections at 973-579-0950.



April 16 Annual School Election
This election pertains only to the Byram Township Board of Education.
Local polls open on Election Day from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no early in-person voting at the polls available for this election. However, voters can vote early by mail by submitting an Application To Vote By Mail to their County Clerk.

June 4 Primary Elections (Democratic & Republican parties)
The Primary elections are statewide for registered voters who affiliate with either the Democratic or Republican party. In addition to Election Day voting, early in-person voting will be available, as will early voting by mail. The deadline to change party affiliation for this election is April 10th. The deadline to register to vote for this election is May 14th. Click the tab below for more information.

November 5 General Election
The General Election is statewide for registered voters. No party affiliation is necessary. Early in-person voting will be available for this election, as will early voting by mail. The deadline to register to vote for this election is OCTOBER 15th. More information to come.

2024 General Election Timeline

Voters, take note of Congressional District changes!

In order to be able to vote in one of New Jersey's primary elections, you must affiliate with either the Democratic of Republican party. If you are currently a member of one party but want to vote in the other party's primary, you must change party affiliation by the 55th day before Election Day. There will be THREE ways to vote this June...

1. Vote early in person from Wednesday, May 29 thru Sunday, June 2 at one of three Early Vote Centers in the county (for EV Center locations and polling hours see Early Voting tab below);

2. Vote early by mail-in ballot; the last day to request a mail-in ballot for the June 4 election is Tues., May 28. After May 28th, voters can apply in person to vote a paper ballot at the Clerk’s Office up through Mon., June 3rd before 3 p.m.

3. Vote on Election Day, in person using a voting machine at your assigned polling place. Election Day polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more detailed information about these options, click the corresponding tab on our Elections page.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!  If you have questions about Vote By Mail, call the County Clerk Election Office at 973-579-0900. If you have voter registration or party affiliation questions, call the County Board of Elections at 973-579-0950.
For Primary and General Elections, New Jersey voters have the option to vote early in person on voting machines at "Vote Centers" in their county. The three sites designated as Vote Centers in Sussex County are:
  1. Cochran House Building, Level PL, 83 Spring St. in Newton
  2. Sussex-Wantage Branch Library, Wantage, Google Maps Link
  3. Louise Childs Branch Library, Stanhope, Google Maps Link
The Early Voting period for the June 4, 2024 Primary Elections is Wed., May 29 thru Sun., June 2, with the following hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registered voters will receive a Sample Ballot in the mail 10-13 days before Election Day, which will provide address information for the Vote Centers, as well as voting hours.

NOTE!If you're a voter who is scheduled to receive a mail-in ballot for the upcoming election, but you would rather vote early in person at the polls, you should opt off the vote-by-mail list before ballots are mailed. Ballots for primary and general elections are mailed 45 days prior to Election Day.

Questions about polling sites and/or hours should be directed to the Sussex County Board of Elections at 973-579-0950.
Mail-in Ballots (also called "Absentee Ballots") are mailed 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. *NOTES:
  1. 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.
  2. If someone assisted you in completing your Vote By Mail Application, they should complete Section 10 of the application.
  3. Once you apply for a mail-in ballot, you will not be allowed to vote at your polling place or one of the county's three vote centers in the same election, unless you vote provisionally.
NOTE: See tab below "Instructions on How To Vote by Mail" for more information.
Voters who want to vote early by paper ballot, but who miss the deadline to request a mail-in ballot by mail, 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.

Mail-In ballot

Check your mailbox for your Mail-In Ballot.

STEP 1: When your mail-in ballot arrives, open it right away to make sure your packet is complete

vote by mail contents
  1. A Certificate of Mail-In Voter
  2. Your Ballot
  3. 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

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 14 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.
Secure ballot drop boxes are available in the following locations for the June 4 Primary Elections:
  1. Sussex County Clerk's Office, Newton, rear of building
  2. Andover Township Municipal Building
  3. Byram Township Municipal Building
  4. Frankford Township Municipal Building
  5. Franklin Borough Municipal Building
  6. Fredon Township Civic Center
  7. Hampton Township Municipal Building
  8. Hardyston Township Municipal Building
  9. Hopatcong Borough Municipal Building
  10. Montague Township Municipal Building
  11. Sandyston Township Municipal Building
  12. Sparta Township Municipal Building
  13. Vernon Township Municipal Building
  14. Wantage Township Municipal Building

For those voters who cannot make it to the polls for Early Voting or Election Day and who missed the deadline to apply by mail for a mail-in ballot, they may authorize a messenger to apply for a paper/absentee ballot 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 …
  1. Person must be a registered voter in the county or a family member of the qualified voter.
  2. 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 upcoming election, 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-OFF 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). 

There are three types of “overseas voters,” and the category you fall within will determine the type of ballot you can vote.
  • U.S. citizens living temporarily overseas are eligible to vote the complete ballot of their permanent address in the U.S.
  • U.S. citizens living permanently overseas (or whose return is uncertain) may vote a State/Federal Overseas Ballot, which allows them to vote for state & federal offices, as well as any public questions voted statewide.
  • U.S. citizens who were born outside of the United States are eligible to only vote for federal offices, including President, U.S. Senate, and Congress.
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, mail-in/absentee ballots are accepted via mail up to six days after Election Day, as long as the envelope bears a postmark not later than Election Day. Provisional Ballots are counted after the deadline for receiving mail-in/absentee ballots has passed.

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