Due to public health concerns related to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2020, c. 72 on August 28,2020 which requires County Clerks to send all active registered voters a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for the upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election. If you want to participate in this General Election, please use the enclosed Vote-by-Mail Ballot.
Read the instructions imprinted on your ballot carefully before marking your ballot. State law allows you to have assistance in completing your absentee ballot, provided that no candidate assists you; nor may anyone campaign or electioneer while assistance is being provided.
After marking your ballot for the candidates and public questions of your choice place your completed voted ballot in the Yellow Certification of Mail-In Voter Envelope. On the Yellow Envelope complete and sign the area marked “Certificate of Mail-In- Voter.” P.L. 2020, c. 72 requires you to sign the certification affixed to the margin of the flap on the yellow envelope of the ballot notwithstanding the fact that you may not have applied for this ballot, but instead received this ballot automatically. Do not detach the perforated flap. Place the sealed Yellow Envelope that contains your ballot in the White, Business Reply Mail, Pre- Addressed & Postage Paid Envelope to the Cape May County Board of Elections.
Examples of completed ballot, yellow envelope, signed yellow envelope with completed ballot, and white business reply mail envelope:
There are four options for delivering your voted ballot to the Cape May County Board of Elections:
- A voter (or designated bearer*) may return his/her voted ballot into any secure Official Vote-by-Mail drop box in locations
throughout Cape May County.
- A voter (or designated bearer*) may place his/her voted ballot in any United States Post Office receptacle. The return
envelope is postage paid.
- A voter or (designated bearer*) may personally deliver his/her voted ballot to the Cape May County Board of Elections. All
ballots delivered to the Board of Elections by voter or by bearer must be signed in with valid identification (e.g., driver
license, federal, state, or local ID
- voter may personally deliver his/her voted ballot to his/her designated polling place on Election Day (no bearer may
deliver a voter’s ballot to the polling place). The polling places are designated by election district. You will see your
election district on the Ballot Return Envelope. Before Election Day a post card will be mailed to the voter listing his/her
designated polling location.
*New Jersey law allows a bearer to mail or deliver your ballot for you. That bearer must first sign and print his/her name and address on the in the box at the bottom left of the return envelope in the voter’s presence before taking it from you. The bearer delivering your ballot may not be a candidate; nor may a bearer deliver more than three ballots.
Polling places will be open on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Paper provisional ballots will be available to voters at the polls on Election Day or a voter may return his/her voted vote-by-mail ballot to the polling place.
If you have a disability and need an accessible vote-by-mail ballot contact 609-465-1013 or you may go to your assigned polling place which will provide access to an in-person accessible voting device on General Election Day.
If you would like to check the status of your Vote-by-Mail ballot you may call 1-877-NJ-Voter or go to https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/auth/sign-in to login or sign up for an individual account to track your Vote-by-Mail ballot. Drop Box Locations:
- Cape May County Clerk’s Office, 7 North Main Street, Cape May Court House
- Cape May County Public Works Building, 536 Woodbine-Ocean View Road, Oceanview
- Cape May Municipal Hall, 643 Washington Street, Cape May
- Lower Township Municipal Hall, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas
- Lower Township Public Safety Building (court entrance) in the Cape May County Airport Complex, Erma
- Martin Luther King Center, 207 W Main St, Whitesboro
- Ocean City Municipal Hall, 861 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City
- Sea Isle City Branch Cape May County Library, 4800 Central Avenue, Sea Isle
- Stone Harbor Branch Cape May County Library, 9516 2nd Avenue, Stone Harbor
- Upper Township Municipal Hall, 2100 Tuckahoe Road, Petersburg
- Wildwood Municipal Hall, 4400 New Jersey Ave, Wildwood
DEADLINE: Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than 8:00 pm on November 3, 2020. The deadline for delivering your ballot in-person to the Cape May County Board of Elections, placing it in one of the secure ballot drop boxes, or delivering it to your polling place is 8:00 pm on November 3, 2020.
If you have questions call the County Clerk’s Office at 609-465-1013.
How to vote and return a Cape May County Vote-by-Mail Ballot