VOTE BY MAIL INSTRUCTIONS & FAQs
The Montclair Municipal Election will be conducted entirely by mail due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (commonly known as Coronavirus).
What do you need to know?
You should receive your ballots from the Essex County Clerk between April 23rd and April 27th
Every registered voter in your household should automatically receive a separate ballot.
Follow the instructions included with your ballot to vote.
Vote for Peter on Line B as one of your two At-Large choices and return your ballot as soon as possible. It must be postmarked by May 12.
See below for all of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ's) if you have questions or are having any trouble
Frequently asked questions
These elections will be held 100% VOTE BY MAIL.
- There will be NO in-person polling places for this election.
- Every registered voter will be sent a ballot in the mail automatically.
Will there be in-person voting at my usual polling place for this election?
How secure is Vote by Mail?
- VERY secure!
- Every ballot has a unique barcode that is scanned once it is received.
- Your signature is checked against your signature on-record, just as it is at a polling place.
- Your signature and identifying information are separated from the ballot before your vote is entered into the system, so your voting choices remain completely anonymous.
Am I registered? What do I need to know about registration?
- How do I check if I’m registered?
- What is the registration deadline?
If your registration was received by Tuesday, April 21, you will be eligible to vote in the May 12 election.
When will I receive my ballot in the mail?
- Ballots are being mailed to all registered voters on Wednesday, April 22-April 24. You should receive your ballot shortly thereafter.
What should I do if I have not received a ballot, or if my ballot has been lost or destroyed?
* Request a replacement by mail/email/fax:
You may visit the www.essexclerk.com and download a Second Ballot Request Form, print and fill it out. If you do not have access to a printer, call the county at (973) 621-4922 for guidance. Return the request. You may return the request in person to the County Clerk’s Office and receive your mail-in-ballot on the spot or,
- You may scan or photograph it and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You may fax it to (973) 621-4960
A new ballot will be sent to you via priority mail.
When should I return my ballot?
- You do not have to wait. You may return your ballot as soon as you receive it and fill it out.
- Ballots must be postmarked no later than May 12 — Election Day. They must be received within 48 hours of Election Day.
- We anticipate COVID-related delays in mail service, so we advise mailing your ballot well in advance of the May 12 postmark date to be sure it is received in time to meet the 48-hour deadline.
- If you are returning your ballot in person to the Board of Elections (465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Room 411, Newark, NJ 07102), you must deliver it by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Do I need to stamp the envelope?
- No! The postage for your ballot is pre-paid.
Can I bring ballots to the Board of Elections to turn them in for friends or family members?
- You may bring in ballots for no more than THREE people, including your own. You must bring a driver’s license or other acceptable form of identification. See here for details.
How do I know if my ballot was received?
- You may contact the Board of Elections at 973-621-5679 or 973-621-5072 to find out if your ballot has been received.
- Please allow a week after sending to inquire.
Does voting by mail in this election mean I will automatically be signed up to vote by mail in future elections?
- No! When polling places are re-opened for future post-COVID elections, you will revert to your regular voting method, whether that was VBM or in-person.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
- Contact the Essex County Clerk’s office if you have questions.
Essex County Clerk’s Office:Tel: (973) 621-4922 or (973) 387-7314