2020 General Election Timeline

As of August 28, 2020; Print Friendly Version


July

July 1
Submission of Evening Registration Plan by County Commissioners of Registration to the Secretary of State
(on or before July 1st) **In counties where there is a Superintendent of Elections, that office serves as the commissioner of registration; in all other counties it’s the County Board of Election.
N.J.S.A. 19:31-2

July 6
Publication of Notice of Fire District Nomination Petition Filing Deadline by the Board of Fire Commissioners
(21 days prior to the nomination petition filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 40A:14-72(c)

July 7
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Independent Candidates for General Election
(before 4:00 p.m. of the day of the primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-9

July 7
School & Fire District to Submit Notice to County Clerks of Available Offices for Upcoming General Election
(on or before primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

July 10
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Independent General Election Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-13

July 13
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nomination Petitions for Independent General Election Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

July 16
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge for Independent General Election Candidates
(9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

July 27
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for School & Fire District Election Candidates for General Election
(last Monday in July)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

July 27
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Independent Electors of President and Vice President for General Election
(before 4:00 p.m. of the 99th day preceding the general election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-9

July 30
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Independent Electors of President and Vice President Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-13

July 30
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for School & Fire District Election Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-13

July 31
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nomination Petitions for Electors of President and Vice President Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

July 31
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nomination Petitions for School & Fire District Election Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-10


August

August 3
Deadline for Submission of Proposed Amendments to the State Constitution to be Voted Upon at the General Election
(not less than 3 months prior to submission to the voters)
NJ Constitution, Article IX, par. 3

August 5
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge for Independent Electors of President and Vice President
(9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

August 6
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge for School & Fire District Election Candidates for General Election
(10 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

August 8
Deadline for Filing in Superior Court to Protect School & Fire District Election Candidate’s Rights
(12 days after petition filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

August 9
Deadline for Secretary of State to Submit to the County Clerks the Statement of All Duly Nominated Candidates for General Election
(not later than 86 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-22

August 10 – 3:00 p.m.
Drawing of Ballot Position for General Election Candidates by the County Clerks
(85 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-12

August 14
Deadline for Submission of Non-binding County and Municipal Public Questions to the County Clerks for Printing on the General Election Ballot
(81 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:37-1

August 25
Deadline for Submission of Public Questions (Other Than Proposed Amendments to the NJ Constitution)
(not less than 70 days following final action of the Governor or the Legislature)
NJ Constitution, Article II, Sec. 1, P. 2

August 25
Deadline for Independent Candidates to Decline Nomination for General Election
(70 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-16

August 25
Deadline for Withdrawal of School Board & Fire District Candidates
(70 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

August 28
Deadline for Submission to the County Clerk of Municipal Non-binding Public Questions Adopted by the Municipal Governing Body Upon the filing of a Qualified Petition by the Local Electorate
(67 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:37-1.1

August 28
Last Day Vacancy Can Occur for Primary Election Nominees for the General Election
(Moved from 56 days before election to 67 days before election as per Executive Order 179)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-20 (Executive Order 179)

August 31
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for New Nomination Petition to fill a Vacancy for Independent Candidates and School Election & Fire District Candidates for the General Election
(before 4:00 p.m. on or before 64th day prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-19

August 31
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be voted at the November General Election
(on or before 64th day prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-8

August 31
Deadline to Submit Public Question for November School Board Elections to the County Clerk by the School Board Secretary
(Moved from 60 days before election to 64 days before election as per Executive Order 177)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-4 (Executive Order 177)

August 31
Deadline for Filling Primary Nominee Vacancy for General Election
(Moved from 54 days before election to 64 days before election as per Executive Order 177)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-20 (Executive Order 177)


September

September 3
Deadline for Amendment to Defective Petitions for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be voted at the November General Election
(not later than 61 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-9

September 4
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nominating Petitions for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

September 8
Publication of Notice of Mail-In Ballot Availability for General Election by County Clerks
(prior to the 55th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

September 9
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge to Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be Voted at the November General Election
(9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

September 13 – October 12
Publication of Notice of General Election by County Boards of Election
(within 30 days before the close of registration election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

September 14*
Deadline for Preparation of Official General Election Ballot for Printing * County Commissioner of Registration is to provide notice to the two County Chairpersons of the date to inspect voting machines after they have been prepared for the upcoming election. This date will vary from county to county. N.J.S.A. 19:48-6
(50 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-1

September 15
Certification of Polling Places for the General Election by County Boards of Election
(Moved as the results of Executive Order 144)
N.J.S.A. 19:8-4 (Executive Order 144)

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


October

October 5
Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for General Election
(Moved from 45 days before election to 29 days before election as per Executive Order 177)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-5, N.J.S.A. 19:63-9 (Executive Order 177)

October 13
Voter Registration Deadline for General Election
(21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

October 13
Mandated Evening Voter Registration Available for General Election in Offices of County Commissioners of Registration
(optional for Municipal Clerks) (21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-2

October 20
Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for General Election
(second Tuesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:7-3

October 23
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election
(Moved from not less than 7 days prior to election to 11 days before election as per Executive Order 177)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3 (Executive Order 177)

October 23
Mailing of Sample Ballots for General Election
(Moved from on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding the election to 11 days before election as per Executive Order 177)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-25 (Executive Order 177)

October 25 – October 31
Publication of Notice of General Election by County Boards of Election
(once during the calendar week prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

October 27
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for General Election by County Boards of Election
(7 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

October 30
Deadline for Application to Receive General Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters
(4th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:59-4


November

November 2
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for General Election by County Boards of Election
(1 day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

November 3 General Election
(Tuesday after first Monday in November)
N.J.S.A. 19:2-3, N.J.S.A. 19:15-2

November 3 – Prior to 8:00 pm
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for General Election
(Voted ballots must be returned to the County Board of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3 (Executive Order 177)

November 3
Last Day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for General Election
(day of election) (notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing)
N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

November 3
Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the General Election

November 3
Deadline for in Person Submission of General Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election
(by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

November 4 – November 20
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the General Election
(17 days following election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

November 10 – 8:00 p.m.
Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election
(Extended 5 days after 48 hours from the closing of the polls as per Executive Order 177)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-22 (Executive Order 177)

November 20
Meeting of County Board of Canvassers for General Election
N.J.S.A. 19:19-1; N.J.S.A. 19:19-4; N.J.S.A. 19:19-6 (Executive Order 177)

November 20
Deadline for Recount Applications for General Election
(within 17 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

November 20
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the General Election
(within 17 days after election) (to comply with P.L. 2018, c.72)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

November 23
Deadline for County Clerk to transmit Official General Election Results to the Secretary of State
N.J.S.A. 19:19-13 (Executive Order 177)

November 23
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the General Election
(Extended 5 days from 17 days after the election as per Executive Order 177)
N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21 (Executive Order 177)


December

December 5
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for General Election
(not later than 32 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

December 8
Deadline for Meeting of Board of State Canvassers to Certify General Election Results
(Extended 5 days from on or before the 30th day after election as per Executive Order 177)
N.J.S.A. 19:21-1 (Executive Order 177)

December 8
Municipal Non-Partisan Run-Off Election
(Tuesday next after the first Monday in December)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-19

December 14
Meeting of Electoral College
(first Monday after second Wednesday in December)
U.S.C. Title 3, Chapter 1, Section 7