What are the dates and deadlines associated with the 2020 Primary?


2020 Primary Election Timeline

April 8

Deadline for Filing Certificate to Fill Vacancy of a Primary Election Candidate by the Appointed Vacancy Committee
(55 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-12

April 8

Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenges for Primary Election Candidates
(9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

April '9

Deadline for Municipal Clerk to Certify to the County Clerk the Names of the Candidates who filed Primary Election Nomination Petition with Municipal Clerk
(54 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-14

April 9

Transmittal of Secretary of State Certification of Federal and State Primary Election Candidates to County Clerks
(54 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-21

April 9

County & Municipal Clerk Drawings for Ballot Positions for Primary Election Candidates
(54 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-24 – (P.L.2020, c.5.)

April 10

Transmittal of County Clerk Certification of All Candidates to be Placed on the Primary Election Ballot to Municipal Clerks, the County Clerk Shall also Transmit such List, but for Federal Candidates; to Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC)
(53 days before the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-22

April 13

Deadline for Filing in Superior Court to Protect Primary Election Candidate’s Rights
(12 days after petition filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-12

April 26 - May 2; May 3 - May 9

Publication of Notice of Requirements to Vote in Primary Election by County Commissioner of Registration
(notice to be published once during each of the two calendar weeks next preceding the week of the 55th day before the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-45.1

May 12

Publication of Notice of Mail-in Ballot Availability for Primary Election by County Clerks
(prior to the 55th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

May 13

Deadline for Change of Party Affiliation Declaration Forms for Primary Election to be Filed with County Commissioners of Registration
(55 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-45

May 17 – June 15

Publication of Notice of Primary Election by County Boards of Election
(within 30 days before close of registration for election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

May 18

Deadline for Preparation of Official Primary Election Ballot for Printing
(50 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-1

May 23

Commencement of Sending UOCAVA Ballots for Primary Election
(45 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-5, N.J.S.A. 19:63-9

June 15

Certification of Polling Places for the July 7, 2020 Primary Election by County Boards of Election
(Moved from May 15 by Executive Order 120) (Updated in Executive Order 144)
N.J.S.A. 19:8-4 (Executive Order 120)

June 15

Filing of Certification of Accessible Polling Places to the Secretary of State by the County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:8-3.4
June 16

Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election

(21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

How do I register to vote?


Download registration forms:

Pick up registration forms in person at:

71 Main St.
Flemington, NJ 08822


How do I vote by mail?


You do NOT need to a provide a reason for voting by mail.

Vote by Mail (VBM)


In 2018, Governor Murphy signed a bill that revised the Vote by Mail law and process. Based on your past voting history and previous Vote by Mail applications on file, you will automatically receive Vote by Mail Ballots for All Future Elections .  The option of All General (November) Elections or All Elections in a Calendar Year no longer exists.  The options are now a Specific Single Election or to automatically receive All Future Elections.  If you have any questions regarding your status, please contact the Hunterdon County Clerk at (908)788-1214.

If you are not currently signed up and wish to automatically receive All Future Election Vote by Mail Ballots, please complete a new application  and return completed application to the Hunterdon County Clerk, PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ  08822. Any voter submitting an application to automatically receive all future ballots has the ability to request to be removed by informing the County Clerk in writing.

If you wish to apply to receive a Mail-In Ballot for a specific election, ballots are available 45 days prior to an election.  You may mail an application at any time specifying the election or visit the County Clerk in person.

Am I eligible to vote?


To register in New Jersey, you must be:

  • A United States citizen

  • At least 17 years old, though you may not vote until you have reached the age of 18

  • A resident of the county for 30 days before the election

  • A person NOT currently serving a sentence, probation or parole because of a felony conviction

The registrant must complete a Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form. Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for your county.

Where do I go to vote?


Polling location for YOUR address click here -> NJ Division of Elections

Polling locations by municipality click here - > Hunterdon County Polling Locations

Still not sure?  Drop us a note and we will help you figure it out. 

Am I already registered to vote?


Not sure if you are already registered to vote.  Click here -> NJ Division of Elections

How do I become a Democrat?


Welcome to the party!

If you are currently registered to vote, but have not declared affiliation to a party or if you would like to declare yourself as a Democrat, you can get the party declaration form by clicking  here . 

Can Independents or Unaffiliated voters vote in the primary?


If you are an Unaffiliated Voter and would like to vote in a primary election, you must declare your party affiliation.

You can declare your party affiliation prior to the election.  Additionally, an unaffiliated voter can affiliate with the Democratic or Republican Party on the day of the primary and then may then vote with a provisional ballot You will not be able to vote on the machine. 

Once you declare affiliation to a party, you remain affiliated, unless you make a specific request to become an unaffiliated voter again. 

What is the deadline to register to vote?


Important Dates for 2020:

Monday, March 16, 2020 - Primary Petition Deadline

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - Voter Registration Deadline to vote in the Primary Election

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - Primary Election Day *** VOTE ***

Monday, July 27, 2020 - School Board Petition Deadline

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - Voter Registration Deadline to vote in the General Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - Election Day *** VOTE DEM DOWN THE LINE ****


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