Interested in Voting By Mail?
As an Essex County resident you may apply for a mail-in ballot if you are a qualified and registered voter by written application to the Essex County Clerk's Office. Vote by mail applications must be submitted 7 days prior to any and all elections, including municipal elections. You may also apply in person to the Essex County Clerk's office, or by authorized messenger, on any day up to 3:00 P.M. the day before an election.
Faxed or e-mailed copies of the Vote by Mail Application are not permitted since an original signature is required.
How to Register
- Click here to download a Vote by Mail application.
- You can also pick one up in person at the Essex County Clerk's Office (465 Martin Luther King Blvd. Room 247 Newark, NJ 07102), or at the South Orange Municipal Clerk's Office (76 South Orange Avenue, Suite 302, South Orange, NJ 07079).
- Send your completed application to PO Box 690, Newark, NJ 07101-0690.
- You may also deliver your completed vote by mail application in person at the Essex County Clerk's Office.
For NJ Voters Who Have Previously Voted by Mail
As of 2018, all New Jersey voters who voted by mail-in ballot in the 2016 general election, or in any subsequent elections, have been automatically enrolled to receive mail-in ballots for every election going forward unless he or she opts out. This includes individuals who voted by mail in the 2018 midterms.
If you are enrolled to receive a mail-in ballot but show up at a polling place on Election Day anyway, you will not be permitted to vote on an electronic voting machine, but will instead be asked to fill out a provisional ballot.