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