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What You Need to Know About Voting in the NJ Election

by Katherine Chaves Diaz
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Election day for Hoboken and New Jersey overall is coming up soon. In less than a month, on November 2nd, voters will have a chance to choose their candidates. This year, there are three ways to cast your ballot: in-person early voting, vote by mail, or at your polling place on Election Day. Keep reading to learn how to cast your vote.

The Hoboken ballot will address the:


State Senate

State Assembly

Hoboken Mayor

Hoboken City Council

Hoboken Board of Education

Voters will have the ability to choose up to three candidates for the Hoboken City Council and Hoboken Board of Education.

To check if you are registered to vote, click here.

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Vote by Mail Information

Voters who have previously requested a Vote By Mail (VBM) ballot should have received their ballot from the Hudson County Clerk. There are two pages on the VBM, and the municipal election candidates will be on the second page.

To submit the completed VBM, there are two primary options: placing the ballot in the mail, or dropping it into one of two secure election drop boxes:

1)   Return the VBM by placing it in the nearest mailbox using the U.S. Postal Service. The ballot must be postmarked on or before Nov. 2 and received by the Board of Elections.

2)   There are also two secure ballot drop box locations in Hoboken where you can drop off the ballot; one at Hoboken City Hall at 94 Washington St. on Newark Street, and a new drop box at the Stevens University Gateway Building at Hudson Street and Sixth Street. If you submit your mail-in ballot using a dropbox, you must return the ballot on or before Tuesday, Nov. 2 prior to 8 p.m.

You can also return your mail-in ballot in person to the Hudson County Board of Elections by 3PM on, Monday, November 1st.

The deadline to apply by mail to receive a VBM is Tuesday, October 26th. The Hudson County Clerk must receive mailed applications by that date. Upon receipt of the application, the Hudson County Clerk will then send the actual ballot to the voter.

Download the mail-in ballot application in English here and in Spanish here.

Early Voting

Registered voters can cast their ballots in person, using a voting machine, during a nine-day period prior to Election Day. Hoboken City Hall’s first-floor conference room is the City’s early voting location. Voters should enter on Newark Street. The early voting location will be open from Saturday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 31. It will be open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 8PM and on Sunday from 10AM to 6PM. No appointment is necessary.

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Election Day In-Person Voting

Residents can also cast their ballot in person at their registered polling locations. Polling locations can be found here.

Voter Registration Information

Tuesday, October 12th, is the last day for residents to register to vote for the Tuesday, Nov. 2General Election in the State of New Jersey. In order to be eligible to vote, a person must be an American Citizen, be 18 years old on or before Nov. 2, and be a resident of New Jersey.

Residents can now register to vote online here. They will need a New Jersey driver’s license or a social security number to get started.

The Hoboken City Clerk will also accept voter registration applications from 4PM to 9PM on Thursday, October 7th, Friday, October 8th, and Tuesday, October 12th. Please enter Hoboken City Hall through the Newark Street entrance.

Download the Voter Registration Application in English here and in Spanish here. The voter registration forms can be mailed to the Office of the Superintendent of Elections 257 Cornelison Avenue, 4th Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302.

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