Essex County Seal

Bearer Information

Your vote in Essex County counts
A person who transports a voted (completed) vote by mail ballot for someone else is considered a “Bearer”. Bearers are limited to three (3) non-household ballots per election, except that an authorized bearer may transport up to five (5) ballots in an election if those voters are immediate family members residing in the same household as the bearer.

  • Not to exceed (5) ballots in total for any election
  • The Bearer MUST SIGN the "Bearer Portion" of the outer envelope of the ballot in the presence of the voter when taking custody of the ballot.

Any Bearer Ballots that exceed the limit must be REJECTED. If the Bearer is hand- delivering the ballot to the county Board of Elections, then he/she MUST SHOW ID AND SIGN the Bearer Book. It is against the law for anyone except you, the voter, to mail or transport your ballot unless the outer envelope is sealed and the “Bearer Portion” is completed.