Election Dates & Deadlines

*** Revised Primary Election Timeline ***
issued by New Jersey Division of Elections.

IMPORTANT DATES pertaining to Primary Election 2021

January 16 – February 14: Nomination of County Board of Election Members 

February 15:  Submission of Evening Voter Registration Plan by County Commissioners of Registration to Secretary of State

March 1:  Governor Commissions County Election Board Members

March 1 – March 15:  County Boards of Elections to Organize

March 25:  Deadline for Creating, Abolishing, Dividing or Consolidating an Election District by County
Board of Election

March 28 – April 3; April 4 – April 10:  Publication of Notice of Requirements to Vote in Primary Election by County Commissioner of
Registration

April 1:  Appointment of District Board Workers by County Boards of Election

April 1:  County Committee Chairs to File with Municipal Clerks the Number of County Committee Seats to be Filled at Primary Election

April 1:  Municipal Clerks to Submit Certified List of Suggested Polling Places to County Boards of Election

April 2:  Secretary of State to Submit Notice to County Clerks and County Boards of Election of Available Offices and Public Questions for Upcoming General Election

April 5:  Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Primary Election

April 8:  Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Primary Election Candidates

April 9:  Filing Deadline for Objections to Nominating Petitions for Primary Election Candidates

April 12:  Notice of Federal, State and County Offices to be Elected at General Election to be sent by County Clerks to Municipal Clerks

April 12:  Notice of Public Offices to be Elected at General Election to be sent by Municipal Clerks to County Clerks

April 13:  Publication of Notice of Mail-in Ballot Availability for Primary Election by County Clerks

April 14:  Deadline for Change of Party Affiliation Declaration Forms for Primary Election to be Filed with County Commissioners of Registration

April 14:  Deadline for Filing Certificate to Fill Vacancy of a Primary Election Candidate By the Appointed Vacancy Committee

April 14:  Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenges for Primary Election Candidates

April 15:  Deadline for Municipal Clerk to Certify to the County Clerk the Names of the Candidates who filed Primary Election Nomination Petition with Municipal Clerk

April 15:  Transmittal of Secretary of State Certification of Federal and State Primary Election Candidates to County Clerks

April 16:  Transmittal of County Clerk Certification of All Candidates to be Placed on the Primary Election Ballot to Municipal Clerks, the County Clerk Shall also Transmit such List, but for Federal Candidates; to Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC)

April 16:  County & Municipal Clerk Drawings for Ballot Positions for Primary Election Candidates

April 18 – May 17:  Publication of Notice of Primary Election by County Boards of Election

April 19:  Deadline for Filing in Superior Court to Protect Primary Election Candidate’s Rights

April 19:  Deadline for Preparation of Official Primary Election Ballot for Printing

April 24:  Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for Primary Election

May 15:  Certification of Polling Places by County Boards of Election

May 15:  Filing of Certification of Accessible Polling Places to the Secretary of State by the County Boards of Election

May 18:  Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election

May 18:  Mandated Evening Voter Registration Available for Primary Election in Offices of County Commissioners of Registration

May 25:  Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for Primary Election

May 30 – June 5:  Publication of Notice of Primary Election by Boards of Election

June 1:  Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Primary Election by County Boards of Election

June 1:  Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Primary Election

June 2:  Mailing of Sample Ballots for Primary Election

June 4:  Deadline for Application to Receive Primary Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters

June 7 – by 3:00 p.m.:  Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Primary Election

June 7:  Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Primary Election by County Boards of Election

June 8:  Primary Election Day

June 8:  Last day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for Primary Election

June 8:  Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from Primary Election

June 8:  Deadline for in Person Submission of Primary Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election

June 9 – June 25:  Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the Primary Election

June 10:  Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election

June 15:  Deadline for Filing of Acceptance of Nomination by Successful Primary Election Write-in Nominee

June 15:  Filing of Acceptance of One Nomination where Primary Election Nominee Receives More Than One Nomination for Same Office

June 16:  Deadline for Municipal Clerk to Certify to County Clerk and County Board of Elections the Names of Duly Elected County Committee Members

June 18:  Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for Primary Election

June 21:  Canvass of Primary Election Votes by County Clerks

June 25:  Deadline for Recount Applications for Primary Election

June 25:  Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the Primary Election

June 25:  Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the Primary Election

IMPORTANT DATES pertaining to April Annual School Board Election 2021

February 23: Publication of Notice of Mail-In Ballot Availability for April Annual School Elections by Municipal and/or County Clerks

February 28 – March 29: Publication of Notice of April Annual School Elections by County Boards of Election

March 1: Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for April Annual School Elections

March 4: Deadline for Filing in Superior Court to Protect School Board Candidate’s Rights

March 5: Filing Deadline for Objections to Nominating Petitions for April Annual School Election Candidates

March 6: Deadline for Withdrawal of School Board Candidates

March 8: Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenges By School Boards of Education

March 8: Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for School Board Candidates

March 10: Drawing of Ballot Positions for School Board Candidates by School Board Secretary

March 12: Deadline for Certification of Ballot Draw to the County Clerk by School Board Secretary

March 30: Voter Registration Deadline for Annual School Elections

April 2: 10:00 a.m. Deadline to Submit Public Question Statements for Annual School Board Elections to the County Clerk by the School Board Secretary

April 3: Deadline to Submit Official School Ballot to Printer by the County Clerk

April 6: Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for Annual School Board Elections

April 11 – April 17: Publication of Notice of Annual School Elections by County Boards of Election

April 13: Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Annual School Board Elections by County Boards of Election

April 13: Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Annual School Board Elections

April 14: Mailing of Sample Ballots for Annual School Board Elections

April 16: Deadline for Application to Receive Annual School Board Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters

April 19: Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Annual School Board Elections by County Boards of Election

April 19 – by 3:00 p.m.: Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Annual School Board Elections

April 20: Annual School Board Elections

April 20: Last Day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for Annual School Board Elections

April 20: Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the Annual School Board Election

April 20: Deadline for in Person Submission of Annual School Board Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election

April 21 – May 7: Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the Annual School Board Elections

April 22: Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election

April 28: Meeting of County Board of Canvassers for Annual School Board Elections

May 7: Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the Annual School Board Election

May 7: Deadline for Recount Applications for Annual School Board Elections

May 7: Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the Annual School Board Elections

May 22: Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for Annual School Elections

IMPORTANT DATES pertaining to Special School Board Election 2021

February 19: Written Notice of April Special School Board Elections by Board of Education to Municipal Clerks and County Board of Election

February 23: Publication of Notice of Mail-In Ballot Availability for April Special School Board Elections by County Clerks

February 28 – March 29: Publication of Notice of April Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election

March 30: Voter Registration Deadline for April Special School Board Elections

April 11 – April 17: Publication of Notice of April Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election

April 13: Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for April Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election

April 13: Deadline to Apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for April Special School Board Election

April 14: Mailing of Sample Ballots for April Special School Board Elections

April 16: Deadline for Application to Receive April Special School Board Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters

April 19 – by 3:00 p.m.: Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for April Special School Board Election

April 19: Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for April Special School Board Elections by County Boards of Election

April 20: April Special School Board Election

April 20: Last Day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for April Special School Board Election

April 20: Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the April Special School Board Election

April 20: Deadline for in Person Submission of April Special School Board Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election

April 21 – May 7: Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the April Special School Board Elections

April 22: Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election

April 28: Meeting of County Board of Canvassers for April Special School Board Election

May 7: Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Elections for the April Special School Board Election

May 7: Deadline for Recount Applications for April Special School Board Election

May 7: Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the April Special School Board Election

May 22: Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for April Special School Board Election