VOTE: Election 2020
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VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
6 a.m. - 8 p.m.

ID Requirements
Identification is not required in most cases.

However, if a voter does not provide valid identification at the time of registration, he or she must show identification at the polling place.

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in New Jersey?
Yes, you can! Voting by mail is the default in New Jersey.

How do I get my ballot?
Every registered New Jersey voter will automatically be mailed a ballot—no need to request one.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by Election Day and received by County Board of Elections within 48 hours of the polls closing.

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Sept. 19 (New Jersey permits early voting in the form of in-person absentee voting)

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Voter Registration
October 13
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General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY
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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

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Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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U.S. Senate New Jersey

Biography

Cory Booker (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. He assumed office on October 31, 2013. His current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Booker (Democratic Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent New Jersey. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Democratic primary on July 7, 2020.

Booker also ran for election for President of the United States.

Booker announced that he was running for president of the United States on February 1, 2019. He suspended his presidential campaign on January 13, 2020.

Before being elected to the Senate, Booker served as the 36th mayor of Newark. He also served on the Newark City Council for the Central Ward.

In September 2017, he was rated the third most liberal senator based on his voting record, according to The New York Times.

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Biography

Daniel Burke (Larouche Was Right Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent New Jersey. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Luis Vergara (independent) (also known as Ed) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent New Jersey. He is a write-in candidate in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Madelyn Hoffman (Green Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent New Jersey. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Rik Mehta (Republican Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent New Jersey. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary on July 7, 2020.

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Veronica Fernandez (Of, By, For! Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent New Jersey. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Initiatives

New Jersey Public Question 1
Marijuana Legalization Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports this constitutional amendment to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for persons age 21 and older and legalize the cultivation, processing, and sale of retail marijuana.

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A "no" vote opposes this constitutional amendment to legalize the possession and use of marijuana and the cultivation, processing, and sale of retail marijuana in New Jersey.

New Jersey Public Question 2
Peacetime Veterans Eligible for Property Tax Deduction Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports this constitutional amendment to make peacetime veterans eligible for a $250 property tax deduction.

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A "no" vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thereby continuing to provide the tax deduction to wartime veterans but not peacetime veterans.

New Jersey Public Question 3
Delayed State Legislative Redistricting Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports this constitutional amendment to: 

* postpone the state legislative redistricting process until after the election on November 2, 2021, if the state receives federal census data after February 15, 2021;

* keep the current state legislative districts in place until 2023; and

* use the delayed timeline in future redistricting cycles if the census data is received after February 15.

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A "no" vote opposes this constitutional amendment, keeping the requirement that new state legislative district maps be certified within one month of the state receiving federal census data or February 1, whichever date is later.