September 13, 2018 — A new law signed by Governor Phil Murphy in August drastically changed the Vote by Mail rules in New Jersey. These changes are effective immediately and will impact the November General Election.
One of the changes involves how a voter can apply for a Mail-In Ballot. Before the change in the law, a voter had three options on the application. The voter could opt to receive a Mail-In Ballot for one election, all elections in one calendar year, and all future general elections.
Now, a voter has only two options for voting by mail. A voter can request a Mail-In Ballot for one election or for all elections every year until the voter opts out in writing. Voters can download the updated Vote by Mail application here.
Most importantly, the new law mandates that all voters who voted by mail in the 2016 General Election be sent a Mail-In Ballot for the 2018 General Election, even if they did not request one. If these voters do not want to receive a 2018 General Election Mail-In Ballot, they must notify our office in writing to opt out by September 19th, as Mail-In Ballots are scheduled to begin mailing on September 21st. We have extended this deadline from the September 14th date that was printed in a letter that has been mailed to all 2016 Mail-In Ballot voters.
Please click here to download a form that you may complete and either e-mail, fax or mail to opt out of receiving a Mail-In Ballot for the upcoming General Election and all future elections. If you do wish to receive the Mail-In Ballot for the upcoming General Election only, please send the opt out form after Election Day.
It is important to remember that, according to State law, any voter who receives a Mail-In Ballot will not be permitted to vote on a voting machine on Election Day. Voters will either have to utilize the Mail-In Ballot they receive or vote on a paper provisional ballot at the polls on Election Day.
I apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause you, however, we must comply with the new State law.
If you have any questions about the Vote by Mail process or about the new law, I encourage you to contact my Elections Division at 973-285-6066 or MorrisCountyClerkElections@co.morris.nj.us.
Ann F. Grossi, Esq.
Morris County Clerk
Special School Elections on Tuesday, October 2nd
Mail-in Ballots are available for the upcoming Jefferson, Randolph and Rockaway Borough Special School Elections to be held on Tuesday, October 2nd. Applications must be received by Tuesday, September 25th in order to vote by mail.
In-person early voting is also available during regular office hours from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, up until Monday, October 1st at 3:00pm.
Passport Department Evening Hours on Tuesdays
Our Passport Department is open late Tuesday evenings.
Due to required processing times, we cannot accept walk-ins past 4:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays or past 7:30pm on Tuesdays.
Only those with appointments will be accepted beyond those times.
If you would like to set up a time to meet with a Passport Acceptance Agent, please call 973-285-6161. We will set aside 15 minutes for each application to be processed. If there is a need to cancel, please notify our office at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
For additional information please visit: morriscountyclerk.org