Important Dates

PARTY AFFILIATION DEADLINE – Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Notice to “INDEPENDENT” voters:  As of January 1, 2006 voters previously declared as ”INDEPENDENT” are by law now classified as “UNAFFILIATED”.  An unaffiliated voter may declare their affiliation with a political party by filing a Declaration of Party Affiliation form. They may vote in the Primary Election. An unaffiliated voter may chose instead to declare affiliation with either the Republican or Democrat Party at the polling place on the day of Primary Election. Who MUST File:

  • You must file a Declaration of Party Affiliation form if you wish to vote in the Primary Election of a political party other than with which you are currently affiliated.

You DO NOT need to file if:

  • You are currently affiliated with the political party in whose Primary you wish to vote.
  • You have never declared a political party and have never previously voted in a Primary Election, (unaffiliated), you may declare your party affiliation at the polls on election day. Your choice of party can then be changed only if you complete a Declaration of Party Affiliation form and file it with this office.

The toggles below contain the Timelines for both the Primary and General Elections, but you may also download the documents here:

Primary Election Registration Deadline*:  May 17, 2016 (Tuesday)
Primary Election: June 7, 2016 (Tuesday) Polls Open 6am-8pm

*Registration Deadline: Date to register by and/or change address. Board of Elections office open till 9pm.
All regular April School Elections in Salem County are now held in November with the General Election.

2016 Primary Election Timeline

January

January 16 – February 14
Nomination of County Board of Election Members
(30 day period before February 15) N.J.S.A. 19:6-18 *Under current law, the Democratic and Republican parties are the only “recognized political parties in New Jersey.”

February

February 15
Submission of Evening Voter Registration Plan by County Commissioners of Registration to Secretary of State N.J.S.A. 19:31-2
**In counties where there is a Superintendent of Elections, that office serves as the commissioner of registration ; in all other counties it’s the County Board of Election.

March

March 1
Governor Commissions County Election Board Members N.J.S.A. 19:6-18
March 1 On or before, the Chairs of the two State Political Party Committees are to notify the Secretary of State of the number of Delegates-At-Large and Alternates, and the number of District Delegates and Alternates to be Elected at the Presidential Primary N.J.S.A. 19:24-1

March 1 – March 15
County Boards of Election to Organize N.J.S.A. 19:6-22; N.J.S.A. 19:6-23
March 20 On or before, the Secretary of State is to certify to the County Clerk and County Board of each County the number of Delegates-At-Large and Alternates, and the number of District Delegates and Alternates to be Chosen by each Political Party N.J.S.A. 19:24-2

March 24
Deadline for Creating, Abolishing, Dividing or Consolidating an Election District by County Board of Election
(75 days before primary election) N.J.S.A. 19:4-15

March 27 – April 9
Publication of Notice of Requirements to Vote in Primary Election by County Commissioner of Registration
(notice to be published once during each of the two calendar weeks next preceding the week of the 55th day before the election.) N.J.S.A. 19:23-45.1

April

April 1
Secretary of State to Submit Notice to County Clerks and County Boards of Election of A
vailable Offices and Public Questions for Upcoming General Election (67 days before primary election) N.J.S.A. 19:12-1

April 1
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ppointment of District Board Workers by County Boards of Election N.J.S.A. 19:6-3 April 1 County Committee Chairs to File with Municipal Clerks the Number of County Committee Seats to be Filled at Primary Election N.J.S.A. 19:23-1

April 1
M
unicipal Clerks to Submit Certified List of Suggested Polling Places to County Boards of Election N.J.S.A. 19:8-2

April 4
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Primary Election
(before 4:00 p.m. on or before 64th day prior to election) N.J.S.A. 19:23-14

April 7
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Primary Election Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline) N.J.S.A. 19:23-20

April 8
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nominating Petitions for Primary Election Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline) N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

April 11
Notice of Federal, State, and County Offices to be Elected at General Election to be sent by County Clerks to Municipal Clerks
(57 days before the primary election) N.J.S.A. 19:12-3

April 11
Notice of Public Offices to be Elected at General Election to be sent by Municipal Clerks to County Clerks
(57 days before the primary election) N.J.S.A. 19:12-6

April 12
Publication of Notice of Mail-in Ballot Availability for Primary Election by County Clerks
(prior to the 55th day before election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

April 13
Deadline for Change of Party Affiliation Declaration Forms for Primary Election to be Filed with County Commissioners of Registration
(55 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:23-45

April 13
Deadline for Filing Certificate to Fill Vacancy of a Primary Election Candidate By the A
ppointed Vacancy Committee (55 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:23-12

April 13
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenges for Primary Election Candidates
(9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions) N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

April 14
Deadline for Municipal Clerk to Certify to the County Clerk the Names of the Candidates who filed Primary Election Nomination Petition with Municipal Clerk
(54 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:23-14

April 14
Transmittal of Secretary of State Certification of Federal and State Primary Election Candidates to County Clerks
(54 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:23-21

April 15
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)
(53 days before the election) N.J.S.A. 19:23-22

April 15
County & Municipal Clerk Drawings for Ballot Positions for Primary Election Candidates
(53 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:23-24

April 17 – May 16
Publication of Notice of Primary Election by County Boards of Election
(within 30 days before close of registration for election) N.J.S.A. 19:12-7 *Under current law the Primary Election is held only for the Democratic and Republican parties. N.J.S.A. 19:5-1

April 18
Deadline for Filing in Superior Court to Protect Primary Election Candidate’s Rights
(12 days after petition filing deadline) N.J.S.A. 19:13-12

April 18*
Deadline for Preparation of Official Primary Election Ballot for Printing
(50 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:14-1 * County Commissioner of Registration is to provide notice to the two County Chairpersons of the date to inspect voting machines after they have been prepared for the upcoming election. This date will vary from county to county. N.J.S.A. 19:48-6

April 23
Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for Primary Election
(45 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-5, N.J.S.A. 19:63-9

May

May 15
Certification of Polling Places by County Boards of Election N.J.S.A. 19:8-4
May 15 Filing of Certification of Accessible Polling Places to the Secretary of State by the County Boards of Election N.J.S.A. 19:8-3.4

May 17
Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election
(21 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

May 17
M
andated Evening Voter Registration Available for Primary Election in Offices of County Commissioners of Registration (optional for Municipal Clerk) (21 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:31-2

May 24
Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for Primary Election
(second Tuesday preceding election) N.J.S.A. 19:7-3

May 29 – June 4
Publication of Notice of Primary Election by County Boards of Election
(once during the calendar week prior to election) N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

May 31
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Primary Election by County Boards of Election
(7 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

May 31
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Primary Election
(not less than 7 days prior to election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-3 June

June 1
M
ailing of Sample Ballots for Primary Election (on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding election) N.J.S.A. 19:23-34

June 3
Deadline for Application to Receive Primary Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters
(4th day before election) N.J.S.A. 19:59-4

June 6 – by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Primary Election
(up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

June 6
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Primary Election by County Boards of Election
(1 day before election) N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

June 7
Last day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for Primary Election
(day of election) (notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing) N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

June 7
Primary Election Day
(Tuesday after first Monday in June) N.J.S.A. 19:2-1, N.J.S.A. 19:23-40

June 7
Deadline for Submission of Primary Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election
(by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

June 8 – June 22
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the Primary Election
(15 days following election) N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

June 14
Deadline for Filing of Acceptance of Nomination by Successful Primary Election W
rite-in Nominee (7 days after election) N.J.S.A. 19:23-16

June 14
Filing of Acceptance of One Nomination where Primary Election Nominee Receives More Than One Nomination for Same Office
(7 days after election) N.J.S.A. 19:14-9

June 15
Deadline for Municipal Clerk to Certify to County Clerk and County Board of Elections the Names of Duly Elected County Committee Members
(within 8 days after primary election) N.J.S.A. 19:23-54

June 17
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for Primary Election
(up to 10 days after election) N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

June 17
Canvass of Primary Election Votes by County Clerks
(10 days after the election) N.J.S.A. 19:23-55

June 22
Deadline for Recount Applications for Primary Election
(within 15 days after election) N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

June 22
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the Primary Election
(within 15 days after election) N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

June 22
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the Primary Election
(within 15 days after the election or 3 days after the certification of the results of the election) N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21

General Election Registration Deadline*: October 18, 2016 (Tuesday)
General Election: November 08, 2016 (Tuesday) Polls Open 6am-8pm

*Registration Deadline: Date to register by and/or change address. Board of Elections office open till 9pm
All regular April School Elections in Salem County are now held in November with the General Election

2016 General Election Timeline

June

June 7
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Independent Candidates (except for Independent Electors of President and Vice President) for General Election
(before 4:00 p.m. of the day of the primary election) N.J.S.A. 19:13-9

June 7
Sc
hool District to Submit Notice to County Clerks of Available Offices for Upcoming General Election (on or before primary election) N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

June 10
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Independent General Election Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline) N.J.S.A. 19:13-13

June 13
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nomination Petitions for Independent General Election Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline) N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

June 16
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge for Independent General Election Candidates
(9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions) N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

July

July 1
Submission of Evening Registration Plan by County Commissioners of Registration to the Secretary of State
(on or before July 1st) N.J.S.A. 19:31-2 **In counties where there is a Superintendent of Elections, that office serves as the commissioner of registration; in all other counties it’s the County Board of Election.

July 25
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for School Election Candidates for General Election
(last Monday in July) N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

July 29
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nomination Petitions for School Election Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline) N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

August

August 1
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Independent Electors of President and Vice President for General Election
(before 4:00 p.m. of the 99th day preceding the general election) N.J.S.A. 19:13-9

August 4
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Independent Electors of President and Vice President Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline) N.J.S.A. 19:13-13

August 4
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge for School Election Candidates for General Election
(10 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions) N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

August 5
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nomination Petitions for Electors of President and Vice President Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline) N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

August 8
Deadline for Submission of Proposed Amendments to the State Constitution to be Voted Upon at the General Election
(not less than 3 months prior to submission to the voters) NJ Constitution, Article IX, par. 3

August 8
Deadline for Filing in Superior Court to Protect School Election Candidate’s Rights
(12 days after petition filing deadline) N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

August 10
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge for Independent Electors of President and Vice President
(9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions) N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

August 14
Deadline for Secretary of State to Submit to the County Clerks the Statement of All Duly Nominated Candidates for General Election
(not later than 86 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:13-22

August 15- 3 p.m.
Drawing of Ballot Position for General Election Candidates by the County Clerks
(85 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:14-12

August 19
Deadline for Submission of Non-binding County and Municipal Public Questions to the County Clerks for Printing on the General Election Ballot
(81 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:37-1

August 30
Deadline for Submission of Public Questions (Other Than Proposed Amendments to the NJ Constitution)
(not less than 70 days following final action of the Governor or the Legislature) NJ Constitution, Article II, Sec. 1, P. 2

August 30
Deadline for Independent Candidates to Decline Nomination for General Election
(70 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:13-16

September

September 2
Deadline for Submission to the County Clerk of Municipal Non-binding Public Questions Adopted by the Municipal Governing Body Upon the filing of a Qualified Petition by the Local Electorate
(67 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:37-1.1

September 6
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for New Nomination Petition to fill a Vacancy for Independent Candidates and School Election Candidates for the General Election
(before 4:00 p.m. on or before 64th day prior to election) N.J.S.A. 19:13-19

September 6
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be voted at the November General Election
(on or before 64th day prior to election) N.J.S.A. 40:45-8

September 8
Deadline for Amendment to Defective Petitions for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be voted at the November General Election
(not later than 61 days before election) N.J.S.A. 40:45-9

September 9
Deadline for Withdrawal of School Board Candidates
(60 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

September 9
Deadline to Submit Public Question for November School Board Elections to the County Clerk by the School Board Secretary
(60 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:60-4

September 9
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nominating Petitions for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline) N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

September 13
Last Day Vacancy Can Occur for Primary Election Nominees for the General Election
(56 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:13-20

September 13
Publication of Notice of Mail-In Ballot Availability for General Election by County Clerks
(prior to the 55th day before election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

September 14
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge to Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be Voted at the November General Election
(9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions) N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

September 15
Deadline for Filling Primary Nominee Vacancy for General Election
(54 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:13-20

September 16
Drawing of Ballot Positions for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be Voted at the November General Election
(Municipal Clerk must coordinate Ballot Draw)

September 18 – October 17
Publication of Notice of General Election by County Boards of Election
(within 30 days before the close of registration election) N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

September 19*
Deadline for Preparation of Official General Election Ballot for Printing
(50 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:14-1 * County Commissioner of Registration is to provide notice to the two County Chairpersons of the date to inspect voting machines after they have been prepared for the upcoming election. This date will vary from county to county. N.J.S.A. 19:48 -6

September 24
Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for General Election
(45 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-5, N.J.S.A. 19:63-9

October

October 18
Voter Registration Deadline for General Election
(21 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

October 18
M
andated Evening Voter Registration Available for General Election in Offices of County Commissioners of Registration (optional for Municipal Clerks) (21 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:31-2

October 25
Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for General Election
(second Tuesday preceding election) N.J.S.A. 19:7-3

October 30 – November 5
Publication of Notice of General Election by County Boards of Election
(once during the calendar week prior to election) N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

November

November 1
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for General Election by County Boards of Election
(7 days before election) N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

November 1
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election
(not less than 7 days prior to election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

November 2
M
ailing of Sample Ballots for General Election  (on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding the election) N.J.S.A. 19:14-25

November 4
Deadline for Application to Receive General Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters
(4th day before election) N.J.S.A. 19:59-4

November 7 – by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for General Election
(up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

November 7
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for General Election by County Boards of Election
(1 day before election) N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

November 8
 Last Day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for General Election
(day of election)(notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing) N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

November 8
General Election
(Tuesday after first Monday in November) N.J.S.A. 19:2-3, N.J.S.A. 19:15-2

November 8
Deadline for Submission of General Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election
(by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

November 9 – November 23
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the General Election
(15 days following election) N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

November 14
M
eeting of County Board of Canvassers for General Election (Monday next after the election) (Board can adjourn twice – up until Friday, November 18) N.J.S.A. 19:19-1; N.J.S.A. 19:19-4; N.J.S.A. 19:19-6

November 23
Deadline for Recount Applications for General Election
(within 15 days after election) N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

November 23
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the General Election
(within 15 days after election) N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

November 23
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the General Election
(within 15 days after the election or 3 days after the certification of the results of the election) N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21

December

December 6
Deadline for Meeting of Board of State Canvassers to Certify General Election Results
(on or before the 28th day after election) N.J.S.A. 19:21-1

December 8
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for General Election
(not later than 30 days after election) N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

December 19
M
eeting of Electoral College (first Monday after second Wednesday in December) U.S.C. Title 3, Chapter 1, Section 7