Vote by Mail


In New Jersey, any voter can now vote by mail. You do not need a reason to vote by mail. Don’t feel like going to the polls? Simply vote by mail. Now there is no reason not to vote!

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 County Clerk’s Office. The deadline for such requests are seven (7) days prior to any and all elections (Primary, General, Municipal, School, etc.). The voter may also apply in person to the Clerk’s office, or by authorized messenger, on any day or up to 3:00 P.M. the day before an election.

If you are mailing or presenting a vote by mail ballot on behalf of someone else, please read this important notice.

The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or e-mailed copies of the Vote by Mail Application (unless you are an overseas voter), since an original signature is required.

To vote by mail:

  • Download a Vote by Mail Application, or pick one up in person at the Clerk’s Office or from your local, municipal clerk
  • Send completed application to PO Box 690, Newark, NJ 07101-0690, or present the application in person at the Clerk’s Office