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Federal Election Deadlines

General Election November 6, 2018
Registration By Mail: Received by October 16, 2018 By Email or Fax: Received by November 2, 2018
Ballot Request By Mail: Received by October 7, 2018 By Email or Fax: Received by November 2, 2018
Ballot Return Received by 8 PM, November 6, 2018

Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

What is UOCAVA?

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The law provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for federal offices.

What is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)?

The FPCA (federal form SF 76) allows UOCAVA citizens to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. This form is also used to update your contact information.

What is the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

The FWAB (federal form SF 186) serves as an emergency backup ballot for UOCAVA citizens. If you do not receive your absentee ballot from your State in time to return it to your election official to participate in the election, use the FWAB.

What is the DoD Fax Service?

The DoD Fax Service is for those voters who cannot send their election materials directly to their election officials. To fax your election materials, use the Transmission Cover Sheet found in Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527 or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. If you need to send your election materials to your election official by fax but do not have access to a fax machine you can email them to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP will fax your election materials for you. This service is fax only. If your State accepts your election materials by email you should email them directly to your election official. FVAP will not transmit email to email transactions.

What is the Prepaid Mail Label 11- DoD?

Overseas Uniformed Service members can use this label for general election absentee ballots. It provides free express mail service to your election official for general election absentee ballots. You can request to have a Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to your absentee ballot at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). A portion of the label is kept by you for tracking your absentee ballot through the U.S. postal service.

What is a primary election?

A primary election is an election held before the general election to determine the candidates that can be placed on the general election ballot.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I vote in this State?

Yes.

I am a National Guardsman activated on State orders; does my State afford me UOCAVA privileges?

Yes.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://voter.njsvrs.com/PublicAccess/servlet/com.saber.publicaccess.control.PublicAccessNavigationServlet?USERPROCESS=PublicSearch

Does my State have any online tools?

You can see if your State has any online tools available here:
http://www.fvap.gov/new-jersey

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

Under federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes.

Complete the following sections of the FPCA

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide either a State issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Section 6: "I do not have a Social Security Number or State issued ID number."

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Section 5

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for general elections.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide either a State issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Section 6: "I do not have a Social Security Number or State issued ID number."

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Section 5

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for general elections.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

You can submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FPCA: Once your FPCA is complete, mail your FPCA directly to your election official.

Email your FPCA: Scan the signed FPCA into your computer. Be sure to also include the Transmission Cover Sheet. Email this package directly to your election official.

Fax your FPCA: Fax your FPCA directly to your election official. Be sure to also include the Transmission Cover Sheet. You may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your FPCA if you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly. Instructions for the DoD Fax Service are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your FPCA, contact your election official. Your election official will contact you if your FPCA is not accepted.

Voting your ballot

Once you receive your absentee ballot from your State it must be returned according to the deadlines and requirements in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. For special federal elections, visit FVAP.gov for specific deadlines.

You can submit the ballot by mail, email or fax. If you send it by email or fax you must also immediately mail your ballot to the Board of Election. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section. If you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly, you may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your ballot. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.

U.S. citizens residing outside the United States whose return is not certain, can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.

All other UOCAVA voters can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

Complete the following sections of the FWAB's voter information page

Section 1

Select the category that describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide either a State issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Section 6: "I do not have a Social Security Number or State issued ID number."

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Section 5

Do not check Yes or No. The FWAB cannot be used for voter registration or as a ballot request.


You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party primary in which you are voting. Political party affiliation is not required if voting an absentee ballot in general elections.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Section 1

Select the category that describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide either a State issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Section 6: "I do not have a Social Security Number or State issued ID number."

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Section 5

Do not check Yes or No. The FWAB cannot be used for voter registration or as a ballot request.


You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party primary in which you are voting. Political party affiliation is not required if voting an absentee ballot in general elections.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Vote your FWAB

To vote, write in either a candidate's name or political party for each office. You are not required to make a selection for each and every contest.

How and where to submit your FWAB

The FWAB can be submitted by mail, email or fax. If you send it by email or fax you must also immediately mail your FWAB to the Board of Election. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section

Mail your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the Voter Information page. Fold along the dotted line and seal the completed Official Backup Ballot, do not write on the Official Ballot envelope. Insert the sealed Official Ballot envelope and the Voter Information page into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your election official. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Email your FWAB: (The FWAB must also be mailed). Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the Voter Information page. Scan the signed Voter Information page, the Official Backup Ballot and the Transmission Cover Sheet into your computer. Be sure to also sign the secrecy waiver on the Transmission Cover Sheet. Email this ballot package directly to your election official.

Fax your FWAB: (The FWAB must also be mailed). Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the Voter Information page. Fax the signed Voter Information page, the Official Backup Ballot and the Transmission Cover Sheet directly to your election official. Be sure to also sign the secrecy waiver on the Transmission Cover Sheet. You may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your FWAB toll-free if you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly. Instructions for the DoD Fax Service are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

See the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart for the deadline for submitting the FWAB. If you receive the State absentee ballot after transmitting your voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State absentee ballot. If both are received by the deadline, only the State absentee ballot will be counted.

Local election offices for county

County Mailing Address
Atlantic Atlantic County Clerk - FPCA
5901 Main St
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Phone: (609) 625-4011
Fax: (609) 645-5875
Atlantic Atlantic County Board of Elections - FWAB
5903 Main St
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Phone: (609) 645-5867
Fax: (609) 645-5875
Bergen Bergen County Clerk - FPCA
1 Bergen County Plaza, Rm 130
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-336-7020
Fax: 201-336-7005
Bergen Bergen County Board of Elections - FWAB
1 Bergen County Plaza, Rm 310
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-336-6230
Fax: 201-336-6242
Burlington Burlington County Clerk - FPCA
49 Rancocas Rd, Rm 104, P.O. Box 6000
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Phone: (609) 265-5122
Fax: (609) 265-0696
Burlington Burlington County Board of Elections - FWAB
50 Rancocas Rd, 1st Floor
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Phone: (609) 265-5062
Fax: (609) 265-3131
Camden Camden County Clerk - FPCA
100 University Court, P.O. Box 218
Blackwood, NJ 08012
Phone: (856) 225-7219
Fax: (856) 374-6398
Camden Camden County Board of Elections - FWAB
100 University Court PO Box 258
Blackwood, NJ 08012
Phone: (856) 401-8683
Fax: (856) 401-8689
Cape May Cape May County Clerk - FPCA
7 N Main St, P.O. Box 5000
Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 465-1013
Fax: (609) 463-0966
Cape May Cape May County Board of Elections - FWAB
10 W. Mechanic St
Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 465-1050
Fax: (609) 465-1639
Cumberland Cumberland County Clerk - FPCA
60 W. Broad St
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Phone: (856) 453-4860
Fax: (856) 455-1410
Cumberland Cumberland County Board of Elections - FWAB
555 Shiloh Pike
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Phone: (856) 453-5801
Fax: (856) 451-3172
Essex Essex County Clerk - FPCA
P.O. Box 690
Newark, NJ 07101-0690
Phone: (973) 621-4921
Fax: (973) 621-4640
Essex Essex County Board of Elections - FWAB
465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., 4th Fl, Rm 411
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 621-5071
Fax: (973) 621-4640
Gloucester Gloucester County Clerk - FPCA
P.O. Box 129
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Phone: (856) 853-3241
Fax: (856) 251-1646
Gloucester Gloucester County Board of Elections - FWAB
P.O. Box 352
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Phone: (856) 384-4500
Fax: (856) 251-1646
Hudson Hudson County Clerk - FPCA
257 Cornelison Ave - 4th Fl
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201) 369-3470
Fax: (201) 369-3478
Hudson Hudson County Board of Elections - FWAB
257 Cornelison Ave - 4th Fl
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201) 369-3435
Fax: (201) 369-3436
Hunterdon Hunterdon County Clerk - FPCA
Hall of Records, 71 Main St
Flemington, NJ 08822
Phone: (908) 788-1214
Fax: (908) 782-4068
Hunterdon Hunterdon County Board of Elections - FWAB
P.O. Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822
Phone: (908) 788-1190
Fax: (908) 806-4686
Mercer Mercer County Clerk - FPCA
209 S. Broad St., 2nd Floor, PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650
Phone: (609) 989-6494
Fax: (609) 394-8785
Mercer Mercer County Board of Elections - FWAB
640 S Broad St
Trenton, NJ 08650
Phone: (609) 989-6522
Fax: (609) 278-2713
Middlesex Middlesex County Clerk - FPCA
PO Box 1110
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 745-4202
Fax: (732) 745-2170
Middlesex Middlesex County Board of Elections - FWAB
11 Kennedy Blvd.
East Brunswick, NJ 08816-1250
Phone: (732) 745-3471
Fax: (732) 296-6560
Monmouth Monmouth County Clerk - FPCA
300 Halls Mill Rd
Freehold, NJ 07728-8835
Phone: (732) 431-7790
Fax: (732) 409-4887
Monmouth Monmouth County Board of Elections - FWAB
300 Halls Mill Rd
Freehold, NJ 07728-8835
Phone: (732) 431-7802 x7150
Fax: (732) 303-7648
Morris Morris County Clerk - FPCA
P.O. Box 315
Morristown, NJ 07963-0900
Phone: (973) 285-6054
Fax: (973) 285-5233
Morris Morris County Board of Elections - FWAB
P.O. Box 900
Morristown, NJ 07693
Phone: (973) 285-6715
Fax: (973) 285-5208
Ocean Ocean County Clerk - FPCA
118 Washington St, Rm 107
Toms River, NJ 08754
Phone: (732) 929-2018
Fax: (732) 349-4336
Ocean Ocean County Board of Elections - FWAB
129 Hooper Ave, P.O. Box 2006
Toms River, NJ 08754
Phone: (732) 929-2167
Fax: (732) 506-5110
Passaic Passaic County Clerk - FPCA
401 Grand St, Rm 130
Paterson, NJ 07505
Phone: (973) 225-3632 x500
Fax: (973) 742-5744
Passaic Passaic County Board of Elections - FWAB
401 Grand St, Rm 123
Paterson, NJ 07505
Phone: (973) 881-4527
Fax: (973) 523-9121
Salem Salem County Clerk - FPCA
110 Fifth St, Ste 200
Salem, NJ 08079
Phone: (856) 935-7510 x8209
Fax: (856) 935-8882
Salem Salem County Board of Elections - FWAB
110 Fifth St, Ste 1000
Salem, NJ 08079
Phone: (856) 935-7510 x8331
Fax: (856) 935-6725
Somerset Somerset County Clerk - FPCA
P.O. Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: (908) 231-7013
Fax: (908) 575-3930
Somerset Somerset County Board of Elections - FWAB
P.O. Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: (908) 231-7084
Fax: (908) 231-9465
Sussex Sussex County Clerk - FPCA
83 Spring St, Ste 304
Newton, NJ 07860
Phone: (973) 579-0900
Fax: (973) 383-7493
Sussex Sussex County Board of Elections - FWAB
83 Spring St, Ste 305
Newton, NJ 07860
Phone: (973) 579-0950
Fax: (973) 579-0955
Union Union County Clerk - FPCA
2 Broad St, Rm 113
Elizabeth, NJ 07201-2299
Phone: (908) 527-4996
Fax: (908) 558-3592
Union Union County Board of Elections - FWAB
271 N Broad St
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Phone: (908) 527-4123
Fax: (908) 527-4127
Warren Warren County Clerk - FPCA
413 Second Street
Belvidere, NJ 07823
Phone: (908) 475-6211
Fax: (908) 475-6382
Warren Warren County Board of Elections - FWAB
202 Mansfield Street
Belivdere, NJ 07823
Phone: (908) 475-6313
Fax: (908) 475-6221