2020 Morris County Primary Election
- Automatic Vote-by-Mail All active registered Republican and Democratic voters will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot. A prepaid postage return envelope will be included.
- All unaffiliated voters and inactive Republican and Democratic voters will receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail application.
- Special Applications have been developed for the 2020 July 7 Primary- If you are unaffiliated or inactive, join us and check off Democratic Party on Part 5 of the application:
- No Sample Ballots Voters will not receive sample ballots, but will receive notification of their polling locations.
- Polling Places At a minimum at least one polling place will be open on July 7th in each municipality with 50% of polling places countywide to be open. CDC guidelines for social distancing and cleaning will be followed. Voters cannot return their completed vote-by-mail ballots to the polling place. In Mount Olive the polling place will be at the Mount Olive Senior Citizen’s Building, 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Budd Lake , Main Meeting Room , GPS: 40.8254997, -74.7378568
- Provisional Ballots Voters who vote at polling places must use a provisional ballot. Voters with disabilities may vote on ADA accessible voting machines.
- Drop Boxes There will be at least five drop boxes to drop off ballots available throughout the county. In Mount Olive- the drop box will be at the Mount Olive Municipal Building, 202 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Flanders at the parking lot entrance to the Municipal Building. The boxes will be installed on or about June 15. They are all outside and under surveillance 24/7. They resemble a USPS Blue Mailbox, but are Red, White & Blue and display “Morris County – Official Ballot Drop Box.” The Vote-By-Mail ballots (VBMs) will be picked up on a daily basis and brought to the BOE. All Security measures will be followed when collecting and transporting the VBMs. VBM Drop Boxes will be closed at 8:00 pm, close of polls on Tuesday, July 7.Locations:
- Click on this to get answers to Frequently Asked Questions from our County Clerk
What does a Mail-In Ballot Look Like?
The June 7 Primary Mail-In Ballot is white and all will have “Official Election Mail” as shown above. There is a barcode that allows election officials to scan and track your ballot. You can track your ballot using the My Voter Information portal at https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/auth/sign-in. Your Voter ID is also noted next to the bar code.
The above shows one side of the certificate envelope with printed instructions.
Also included in the Morris County mail-in ballots is a notice stating your rights to have an assistor, “a family member or other person providing such assistance” (NJSA 19:63-16 (c) or bearer, someone to deliver your secret ballot to a designated ballot drop for you. A bearer can be anyone that you designate. They must present an ID with a signature and sign in the ledger provided at drop-off. The assistor would sign this side of the certificate envelope.
Did you know that the second highest reason that ballots are rejected is because of this self-certification flap? Voters either forget to sign it or they tear it off. ONLY election workers are allowed to tear this off.
The picture above is the official mail-in ballot for the 2020 Primary Election. Once the election worker tears off the certification flap which has your identity and signature, the remaining certificate envelope and ballot shows no signs of whose ballot it is. Your vote remains anonymous when they tabulate the votes. There’s nothing on this ballot that identifies who the voter is.
How can I be sure my ballot is counted?
1. Mail Your ballot on time
Ballots must be postmarked by July 7, 2020 and delivered by the post office and received by the Morris County Board of Elections by July 14th, 8pm in order to be on time. Some options for delivering on time:
- Drop it off in your mailbox or a USPS mailbox before the July 4th weekend. No stamps are needed since the return envelope is postage prepaid!
- Walk into your post office and ask the mail person to stamp the postmark in front of you ensuring the postmark. No stamps are needed since the return envelope is postage prepaid!
- Drop it off at a secure ballot drop box near you. The drop box in Mount Olive is located at the Municipal Building Parking Lot. Check Morris County Board of Elections website for latest announcements regarding other location.
- Deliver it yourself or via your bearer at a staffed ballot drop location.
2. Make sure to Sign the Certificate of Mail-in Voter on the Certificate Envelope. DO NOT tear the flap.
3. Make sure your signature matches.
Update your signature if it’s been a long time since you’ve registered to vote. The signature will be compared to the Voter Registration signature that is digitized in the State Voter Registration system. If you’ve changed your name due to marriage, divorce, or go by a different name like a nickname, be sure to update using the Voter Registration Application as shown below. MAKE A COPY OF THE APPLICATION and use as a reminder of how to complete your signature.
- Open outer Official Mail-In Ballot Envelope