IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR SUSSEX COUNTY VOTERS
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 BEORE 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.
THE NEXT SCHEDULED ELECTIONS ARE …
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.
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.
- Cochran House Building, Level PL, 83 Spring St. in Newton
- Sussex-Wantage Branch Library, Wantage, Google Maps Link
- Louise Childs Branch Library, Stanhope, Google Maps Link
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.
- 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 or one of the county's three vote centers in the same election, unless you vote provisionally.
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
- A Certificate of Mail-In Voter
- Your Ballot
- A blue Return Envelope
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
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
STEP 7: Return your ballot; you have 3 options
- Mail your ballot.
- Deposit it in one of 14 secure Ballot Drop Boxes located in the county.
- 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).
- Sussex County Clerk's Office, Newton, rear of building
- Andover Township Municipal Building
- Byram Township Municipal Building
- Frankford Township Municipal Building
- Franklin Borough Municipal Building
- Fredon Township Civic Center
- Hampton Township Municipal Building
- Hardyston Township Municipal Building
- Hopatcong Borough Municipal Building
- Montague Township Municipal Building
- Sandyston Township Municipal Building
- Sparta Township Municipal Building
- Vernon Township Municipal Building
- Wantage Township Municipal Building
NOTE THAT NOT ALL DROP BOX LOCATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR USE DURING NON-PRIMARY AND NON-GENERAL ELECTIONS; DURING APRIL ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTIONS, OR SPECIAL SCHOOL OR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS, CHECK WITH THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS FOR A LIST OF AVAILABLE DROP BOXES.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you require additional information not found at this site, please feel free to Contact Us.