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2021 Elections: 

4/20/2021 Annual School Election
(If your district holds its annual school election the third Tuesday of April)

6/8/2021 Primary Elections

11/2/2021 General Election

Persons interested in running for public office in 2021, should visit our CANDIDATE INFORMATION page.

PRIMARY NEWS! A ballot draw to determine the order of candidates running for State and County offices will be conducted on April 16th at 3 p.m. in the County Clerk’s Office and streamed live for interested viewers. The live stream link will be provided here on April 16th; please check back. Note that municipal clerks will conduct separate ballot draws to determine candidate order in their respective municipal races.

If you signed up with the NJ Division of Elections to track your voted ballot please note that your ballot status won’t be changed to “Accepted” or “Rejected” until after the certification of an Election. If there was an issue with the submission of your ballot, e.g, a signature discrepancy, you will be contacted in writing by the County Board of Elections before the certification date and you’ll have an opportunity to “cure” the issue.

NOTICE REGARDING IN-PERSON SERVICES AT THE CLERK’S OFFICE: If you do not receive a mail-in ballot or you need to request a replacement ballot for the upcoming November election and wish to do so in person, please note you will be required to wear a face covering/mask until further notice.

NOTICE REGARDING THE “ALL FUTURE ELECTION” MAILING LIST: Some voters have expressed concern that, because they are voting by mail under Executive Order, 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 the July primaries and who will vote by mail-in ballot in the November General Election will NOT be put on this list and so have no need to opt off the list.

All active registered New Jersey voters will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot for this year's Presidential Election. All ballots will be mailed from your County Clerk's office by Monday, October 5th. Voters can choose how to return their voted ballot. The following options are available:
  1. By mail
  2. By depositing it in one of 13 secure drop boxes
  3. By handing it directly to a poll worker at your designated polling place on Election Day
  4. By delivering it in person to the County Board of Elections
All ballots being returned through the U.S. Postal Service must:
  • Carry a postmark no later than November 3rd
  • Be received by the Board of Elections no later than 8:00 p.m. on November 10th
  • Ballots which lack postmarks due to postal error received by 8:00 p.m. on November 5th will be considered valid.
Each municipality will be required to open at least one in-person polling site; Sussex County will have 37 polling locations available. Voters who prefer to vote in person on Election Day can bring their mail-in ballot to their assigned polling place and place it directly in a ballot box. However, only voters with a disability will be permitted to use an in-person accessible voting machine on Election Day. If you go to the polls to vote in person but do not bring your mail-in ballot you will be given a Paper Provisional Ballot. Provisional ballots are counted only after the deadline to accept and count mail-in ballots (1-2 weeks after Election Day). Voters will receive a postcard in the mail the last week of October advising them of their designated polling location. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!  If you have questions about how the 2020 Presidential Election is going to be conducted, call our Election Office at 973-579-0900, ext. 1507.
Secure ballot drop boxes are available in the following locations for the Nov. 3 2020 Presidential Election:
  1. Andover Borough Municipal Building
  2. Andover Township Municipal Building
  3. Frankford Township Municipal Building
  4.  Franklin Borough Municipal Building
  5. Fredon Township Civic Center
  6. Hardyston Township Municipal Building
  7. Hopatcong Borough Municipal Building
  8. Montague Township Municipal Building
  9. Newton Municipal Building
  10. Sandyston Township Municipal Building
  11. Sparta Township Municipal Building
  12. Vernon Township Municipal Building
  13. Wantage Township Municipal Building
Each active registered voter will receive a post card in the mail the last week of October, informing them of their designated polling place for the Nov. 3rd Presidential Election. (There will be a limited number of polling places due to COVID-19, so voters may not be assigned to their "usual" polling place.)

The polling locations for the Nov. 3 2020 Presidential Election will be as follows:

Andover Borough Andover Borough Senior Citizen Center
Andover Township Hillside Park Barn
Andover Twp Municipal Building
Branchville Branchville Firehouse
Byram Byram Municipal Building
Cranberry Lakes Firehouse
Frankford Frankford Firehouse #1
Franklin Franklin Senior Center
Fredon Fredon Municipal Building
Green Green Twp Firehouse
Hamburg Fire Department Meeting Room
Hampton Hampton Senior Center
Hardyston Hardyston #1 Firehouse
Hardyston Municipal Building
Hopatcong Hopatcong #2 Firehouse
Hopatcong #3 Firehouse
Hopatcong Middle School Gym
Lafayette Lafayette Municipal Building
Montague Montague Municipal Building
Newton Newton Firehouse Newton Municipal Building
Ogdensburg Ogdensburg Firehouse
Sandyston Sandyston Municipal Building
Sparta Sparta Fire Headquarters
Alpine Middle School Gym
Sparta First Presbyterian Church
Stanhope Stanhope American Legion
Stillwater Stillwater Municipal Building
Sussex Sussex Firehouse
Vernon Pochuck Valley Firehouse
Vernon Municipal Building (downstairs)
St. Francis DeSales Church
Highland Lakes Clubhouse
Walpack Sandyston Municipal Building
Wantage Wantage Library Beemerville Firehouse Colesville Firehouse

All active NJ voters will receive a mail-in ballot for the 2020 Presidential Election. If you do not receive a ballot in the mail by Election Day, you can go to your assigned polling place and vote a paper provisional ballot.

NOTE: Online registrations and MVC registrations are not instantaneous. These registrations must be processed by the local board of elections before ballots can be issued by the Clerk's Office. Our office will continue mailing ballots up until Oct. 23rd. After that date, voters can arrange to pick up their ballot in person at our Will-Call Window or they can vote a provisional ballot at their polling place on Election Day. Voters picking up a ballot must show I.D. and can only pick up their own ballot, unless another voter authorizes them to act as a messenger on their behalf (call our office for Authorized Messenger requirements).

Use the Replacement Ballot Order Form below to request a replacement BALLOT and we'll have it ready for pick-up at our will-call window. You can request a replacement ballot if you did not receive your ballot by mail, or if you spoiled your ballot, lost your ballot, or your ballot was destroyed.

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.

Replacement Ballot Order Form

All active NJ voters will receive a mail-in ballot for the 2020 Presidential Election. The process of voting by mail will be new to many voters. Click for a video demonstrating how to vote your mail-in ballot. Until our video is available, keep reading to acquaint yourself with the vote-by-mail process:

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

Make sure that your name and address show through the window; seal the blue envelope.

STEP 7: Return your ballot; you have 4 options

1. Mail your ballot. 2. Deposit it in one of 11 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). 4. Hand-deliver your ballot to a poll-worker at your designated polling location on Election Day. (Note: You cannot deliver someone else's ballot to a polling place, you can only bring the one you personally voted.) Call our office if you require assistance 973-579-0900, ext. 1507.
Voters cannot "opt out" of voting a paper ballot for the upcoming Nov. 3rd General Election. Only voters with disabilities will have access to voting machines at the polls. Voters who received a mail-in ballot who appear at their designated polling place on Election Day and do not return their voted mail-in ballot shall vote via a provisional paper ballot.

Voters who want to vote at the polls on Election Day can choose to mark their mail-in ballot in the comfort of their home and then cast/deposit their voted ballot at their designated polling place on Election Day. All voters will receive a postcard no later than October 23rd advising them of their designated polling place.

NOTE! Voters can only bring their personally voted ballot to their polling place; no one can be the bearer for someone else's ballot at the polls on Election Day.

Voters who were placed on the "All Future Elections" list but who no longer want to automatically receive ballots by mail for every future election may opt out 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 (excluding the 2020 November 3 General Election, which is mostly mail-in under law).

NOTE! Voters who voted by mail in the 2020 elections will NOT be placed on a list to automatically receive mail-in ballots for all future elections.

Ballots must be mailed no later than October 5th for the November election. If you are not going to be home between October 5th and Election Day, you need to inform your County Clerk where you will be. There are many reasons why voters may find themselves out of town this fall. COVID-19 restrictions have stranded some voters in other states, while the new school year may find college students on campus and far from home.

Voters who will not be at their registered home address should notify their County Clerk's Office as soon as possible where they want their November ballot to be mailed. Unless instructed otherwise, ballots will be mailed to the voter's home address.

If you believe you are a registered voter of Sussex County but by mid-October you do not receive a mail-in/absentee ballot for the Nov. 3, 2020 Presidential Election, please contact our office so we can investigate your situation. If you are a qualified voter we will issue you a replacement ballot.

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 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 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.

If you require additional information not found at this site, please feel free to Contact Us.

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