Vote By Mail

Interested in Voting By Mail?

As an Essex County resident you may apply for a mail-in ballot if you are a qualified and registered voter by written application to the Essex County Clerk's Office. Vote by mail applications must be mailed 7 days prior to any and all elections, including municipal elections. You may also apply in person to the Essex County Clerk's office, or by authorized messenger, on any day up to 3:00 P.M. the day before an election.

Faxed or e-mailed copies of the Vote by Mail Application are not permitted since an original signature is required.

How to Register

  • Click here to download a Vote by Mail application. 
  • You can also pick one up in person at the Essex County Clerk's Office (465 Martin Luther King Blvd. Room 247 Newark, NJ 07102)
  • Send your completed application to PO Box 690, Newark, NJ 07101-0690.
  • You may also deliver your completed vote by mail application in person at the Essex County Clerk's Office. 

How to Vote By Mail

  • If you are registered to vote by mail, your ballot will be mailed to your address. 
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow these instructions to fill out your ballot.

How to submit your completed ballot

  • You can mail your completed ballot to: Christopher J. Durkin Essex County Clerk P.O. Box 690 Newark, NJ 07102-0690. 
  • You can also drop off your ballot at any of these secure ballot box locations
  • You can deliver your ballot in person at the Essex County Board of Elections (465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Dr. Martin Luther King Justice Building, Room 145, Newark, NJ 07102) before 8pm on Election Day. 

How to track your ballot

  • Once you've sent or dropped off your mail-in ballot, you can use the NJ Track My Ballot tool to track the progress of your ballot and confirm that it has been received. 

Important Reminders

If you choose to mail your ballot, it must be postmarked on or before 8:00 p.m. Election Day and be received by your county’s Board of Elections on or before 6 days after Election Day.

If you are enrolled to receive a mail-in ballot but show up at a polling place on Election Day anyway, you will not be permitted to  vote on an electronic voting machine, but will instead be asked to fill out a provisional ballot.