Important Dates

PARTY AFFILIATION DEADLINE – Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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.

General Election Registration Deadline*: October 13, 2015 (Tuesday)

General Election: November 03, 2015 (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

2015 Primary Election Timeline

You may download a PDF of the Primary Election Timeline here.

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 01
Governor Commissions County Election Board Members
N.J.S.A. 19:6-18

March 01 – March 15
County Boards of Election to Organize
N.J.S.A. 19:6-22; N.J.S.A. 19:6-23

March 19
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 22 – April 04
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

March 27
Secretary of State to Submit Notice to County Clerks and County Boards of Election of Available Offices and Public Questions for Upcoming General Election
(67 days before primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-1

March 30
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

April 01
Appointment of District Board Workers by County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:6-3

April 01
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 01
Municipal Clerks to Submit Certified List of Suggested Polling Places to County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:8-2

April 02
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Primary Election Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-20

April 06
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 06
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 06
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 07
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 08
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 08
Deadline for Filing Certificate to Fill Vacancy of a Primary Election Candidate By the Appointed Vacancy Committee
(55 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-12

April 08
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 09
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 09
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 10
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 10
County & Municipal Clerk Drawings for Ballot Positions for Primary Election Candidates
(53 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-24

April 12 – May 11
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 13
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 13*
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 18
Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for Primary Election
(45 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-9

May

May 12
Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election
(21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

May 12
Mandated 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 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
(21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:8-3.4

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

May 24 – May 30
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 26
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 26
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

May 27
Mailing of Sample Ballots for Primary Election
(on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-34

May 29
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

June 01 – 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 01
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 02
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 02
Primary Election Day
(Tuesday after first Monday in June)
N.J.S.A. 19:2-1, N.J.S.A. 19:23-40

June 02
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 03 – June 17
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the Primary Election
(15 days following election)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

June 09
Deadline for Filing of Acceptance of Nomination by Successful Primary Election Write-in Nominee
(7 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-16

June 09
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 10
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 12
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for Primary Election
(up to 10 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

June 12
Canvass of Primary Election Votes by County Clerks
(10 days after the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-55

June 17
Deadline for Recount Applications for Primary Election
(within 15 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

June 17
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 17
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

 

2015 General Election Timeline

You may download a PDF of the General Election Timeline here.

June

June 02
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Independent Candidates for General Election
(before 4:00 p.m. of the day of the primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-9

June 02
School 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 05
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Independent General Election Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-13

June 08
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 11
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 27
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for School Election Candidates for General Election
(last Monday in July)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

July 31
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 03
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 06
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 09
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 10
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- 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 14
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 25
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 25
Deadline for Independent Candidates to Decline Nomination for General Election
(70 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-16

August 28
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

August 31
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

August 31
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be voted at the November General Election
(on or before 64th prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-8

September

September 03
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 04
Deadline for Withdrawal of School Board Candidates
(60 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

September 04
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 04
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 08
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 08
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 09
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 10
Deadline for Filling Primary Nominee Vacancy for General Election
(54 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-20

September 11
Drawing of Ballot Positions for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be voted at the November General Election (Municipal Clerk must coordinate Ballot Draw)

September 13 – October 12
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 14*
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 19
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 13
Voter Registration Deadline for General Election
(21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

October 13
Mandated 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 20
Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for General Election (second Tuesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:7-3

October 25 – October 31
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

October 27
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

October 27
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

October 28
Mailing of Sample Ballots for General Election
(on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-25

October 30
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

November 02 – 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 02
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 03
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 03
General Election
(Tuesday after first Monday in November)
N.J.S.A. 19:2-3, N.J.S.A. 19:15-2

November 03
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 04 – November 18
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the General Election (15 days following election) N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

November 09
Meeting of County Board of Canvassers for General Election (Monday next after the election) (Board can adjourn twice – up until Friday, November 14)
N.J.S.A. 19:19-1; N.J.S.A. 19:19-4; N.J.S.A. 19:19-6

November 18
Deadline for Recount Applications for General Election
(within 15 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

November 18
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 18
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 01
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 03
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for General Election (not later than 30 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3