VOTE: Election 2020
New Jersey
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Voting

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)

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for mail registration is 10/13.

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/13.

New Jersey does not allow Election Day voter registration.

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What's on my ballot?

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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 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th 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 January 12, 2017, 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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Vice President of the United States

Biography

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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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, 2027.

Booker (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent New Jersey. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Booker also ran for election for President of the United States. He withdrew before the Democratic convention on August 18, 2020.

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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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.