To apply for an absentee ballot
In New Jersey, any voter can now vote by Absentee Ballot for any election. You do not need a reason for an Absentee Ballot.
A voter may apply for an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Application (see below) and mailing the application to their County Clerk by mail up to 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election. The County Clerk cannot accept faxed copies of an Absentee Ballot Application since an original signature is required.
A voter may apply to the County Clerk in writing for an absentee ballot. Absentee Ballot Applications are available at the County Clerk’s Election Division office or at the Dumont Borough Clerk’s Office. An absentee ballot application must be received in the County Clerk’s office (not postmarked) seven (7) days prior to election day by the close of business, but can be submitted at anytime prior to the deadline for an election in the calendar year. The ballot will be sent to the address you request. You can also print out an application form below and after entering the required data, mail it to the Bergen County Clerk’s Office.
You may also apply in person to the County Clerk up until 3:00 p.m. the day prior to the election. In the event of sickness or confinement, an authorized messenger may pick up a ballot for the voter, provided they are designated in writing (the bottom box of the application). An authorized messenger shall be a family member or a registered voter of Bergen County and shall place his/her signature on the application in the space provided in the presence of the County Clerk or his/her designee. If an emergent circumstance should arise after the 3:00 p.m. deadline, you may apply to a Judge for an order for the County Clerk to issue a ballot.
You can download an Absentee Ballot Application Form right here:
Absentee Ballot Application
Then, just print and complete the form, and deliver your completed Absentee Ballot Application to:
One Bergen County Plaza, Room 122
10 Main Street, Room 113
Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076
If you cannot sign your name due to illness or physical disability
If you are unable to sign your name exactly as it appears in the registry book because of illness or physical disability, you may indicate your mark with an “X” in the space provided for your signature. Your name should then be printed next to the “X” and the signature of a witness is required indicating the word “witness” next to their signature.
If you apply for an absentee ballot and do not receive one in the mail
If you have applied for an absentee ballot and did not receive one, you should contact the Bergen County Clerk’s Election Division within a reasonable time prior to the election so that they may have time to rectify the situation. Once an absentee ballot has been approved, a voter cannot vote at the polls.
Voting by absentee ballot if you are in the military
A military service voter need not be registered if he/she is otherwise qualified to vote and is:
- a member of the Armed Forces or a spouse/dependent of a member
- a patient in a veteran’s hospital
- a civilian attached to or service with the Armed Forces out of state or a spouse or dependent residing with or accompanying that person
You can obtain a military service absentee ballot application from the Dumont Borough Clerk, the Bergen County Clerk, or from the proper military personnel. You can also have a relative or friend make application for you.
Applying for placement on permanent absentee list
If you are permanently ill or confined, you may request that the Bergen County Clerk Election Division place you on their permanent Absentee List (PAL). You will not receive ballots, but will be mailed applications every January for all upcoming elections for that year in your municipality. You may fill them all out and mail back together to the Election Division at the same time or individually at any time prior to the 7-day deadline for the election.