VOTing BY MAIL

Vote By Mail FAQ for the july 7th 2020 primary

Who is getting a Vote by Mail Ballot?

All active registered Republicans and Democrats will automatically be mailed a VBM Ballot. For purposes of the Certification that you must sign stating that you applied for the VBM Ballot, please be advised that Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 144 acts as your application. Unaffiliated Voters and Inactive Voters need to fill out an application to vote by mail.

Will I be receiving a Sample Ballot?

No, sample ballots will not be mailed for the July 7th, 2020 Primary. Copies of Provisional Paper Ballots will be available at the polling location and on Middlesexcountynj.gov/Vote2020.

Will I be permitted to vote in-person on the voting machine?

No, you will not be permitted to vote on the machine if you go to your polling place. Voters who appear at the polling location will be permitted to vote ONLY ON A PROVISIONAL PAPER BALLOT.

Is there a deadline to submit a Vote by Mail Application by mail to receive a VBM Ballot back by mail in time for the Primary Election?

Yes, the deadline for the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office to receive a VBM Application by mail in time to provide a VBM Ballot to the Voter by mail is June 30, 2020.

Is there a deadline to request an In-Person Vote by Mail Ballot?

In-person VBM Applications will be accepted by the County Clerk’s Election Office until 8:00 pm on July 7, 2020.

Will I be notified if my Vote by Mail Application is rejected?

Yes, if your Application is rejected, the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office will notify you of the reason(s) and you will be given an opportunity to rectify the issue. Once the issue is resolved, you will be issued a Vote by Mail Ballot.

When will the ballots be mailed?

Ballots are expected to be mailed mid-June.

Do I have to place a stamp to return the VBM Ballot and VBM Application?

NO. All VBM Ballots and VBM Applications will have prepaid return postage.

How do I return my Vote By Mail Ballot?

If you are using the US Postal Service, the ballot must be postmarked on or before July 7, 2020 and received by the Board of Elections within 7 days to be considered valid and to be canvassed.

If you are using one of the secure drop boxes, the deadline for delivering your ballot is 8:00 pm on July 7, 2020. Please contact the Board of Elections by email at elections@co.middlesex.nj.us or by calling (732) 745-3471 for drop box locations.

If you are delivering your ballot in-person, you may deliver it and submit your completed ballot to the Board of Elections Office up until 8 pm on July 7th; the night of the Primary Election.

If someone other than the voter is delivering the ballot to the Board of Elections make sure that they fill out and sign the Bearer Section on the left-front side of the return envelope.

  • The registered voter must still sign the ballot for it to count.
  • If someone other than the registered voter is transporting the mail in ballot to the Board of Elections or the County Clerk’s office either in person or by mail, they are the Bearer.
  • The Bearer must be a registered voter in Middlesex County, and the Bearer is limited to (3) three ballots in one election per NJSA 19:63-4(a).
  • If the Bearer is hand delivering the mail in ballot, they must be able to provide photo identification.
  • Bearers cannot be candidates.

What should I do if I lose my Vote by Mail Ballot, it is destroyed, or if I do not believe I ever received it?

If your VBM Ballot is lost, damaged or you do not believe you received it, you may request a duplicate. Please fill out the Replacement Ballot Form on the www.middlesexcountynj.gov/vote2020 website and submit it to the County Clerk’s Office by mail. You may also visit the County Clerk’s Office up until 8pm on Election night to request a duplicate ballot in person.

Do all Vote by Mail Ballots get counted?

Ballots that are properly cast are collected and counted. Two common errors causing ballots to be rejected are:

  1. Neglecting to sign the Certification, and
  2. The tampering of the Certificate of Election.

Do Not Detach the Certificate and attempt to tape it. If your Certificate is detached or damaged, request a new Certificate by contacting the County Clerk’s Election Office at (732) 745-4202.

How will I vote if I am disabled?

If you have a disability and need assistance while voting, please contact the Middlesex County Board of Elections at (732) 745-3471.

Reference Links

Middlesex County Election 2020 Website

Middlesex County VBM FAQ