ALL CUMBERLAND COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES AND

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD IN THE

2018 GENERAL ELECTION

 January
January 16 – February 14
Nomination of County Board of Election Members
(30 day period before February 15)
N.J.S.A. 19:6-18
*Under current law, the Democratic and Republican parties are the only “recognized political parties in New Jersey.”
February
February 15
Submission of Evening Voter Registration Plan by County Commissioners of Registration to
Secretary of State
N.J.S.A. 19:31-2
**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.
March
March 1
Governor Commissions County Election Board Members
N.J.S.A. 19:6-18
March 1 – March 15
County Boards of Election to Organize
N.J.S.A. 19:6-22; N.J.S.A. 19:6-23
March 22
Deadline for Creating, Abolishing, Dividing or Consolidating an Election District by County
Board of Election
(75 days before primary election) (No election districts shall, except with the prior approval of the Secretary of
State, be created, abolished, divided or consolidated between January 1 of any year whose last digit is 7 and
December 1 of any year whose last digit is 0.)
N.J.S.A. 19:4-15, N.J.S.A. 19:4-15b.
March 25 – March 31; April 1 – April 7
Publication of Notice of Requirements to Vote in Primary Election by County Commissioner of
Registration
(notice to be published once during each of the two calendar weeks next preceding the week of the 55th day
before the election.)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-45.1
April
April 1
Appointment of District Board Workers by County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:6-3

April 1
County Committee Chairs to File with Municipal Clerks the Number of County Committee
Seats to be Filled at Primary Election
N.J.S.A. 19:23-1
April 1
Municipal Clerks to Submit Certified List of Suggested Polling Places to County Boards of
Election
N.J.S.A. 19:8-2
April 2
Secretary of State to Submit Notice to County Clerks and County Boards of Election of
Available Offices and Public Questions for Upcoming General Election
(67 days before primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-1
April 2
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Primary Election
(before 4:00 p.m. on or before 64th day prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-14
April 5
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Primary Election Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-20
April 6
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nominating Petitions for Primary Election Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-10
April 9
Notice of Federal, State, and County Offices to be Elected at General Election to be sent by
County Clerks to Municipal Clerks
(57 days before the primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-3
April 9
Notice of Public Offices to be Elected at General Election to be sent by Municipal Clerks to
County Clerks
(57 days before the primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-6
April 10
Publication of Notice of Mail-in Ballot Availability for Primary Election by County Clerks
(prior to the 55th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

April 11
Deadline for Change of Party Affiliation Declaration Forms for Primary Election to be Filed
with County Commissioners of Registration
(55 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-45
April 11
Deadline for Filing Certificate to Fill Vacancy of a Primary Election Candidate By the
Appointed Vacancy Committee
(55 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-12
April 11
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenges for Primary Election Candidates
(9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-11
April 12
Deadline for Municipal Clerk to Certify to the County Clerk the Names of the Candidates who
filed Primary Election Nomination Petition with Municipal Clerk
(54 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-14
April 12
Transmittal of Secretary of State Certification of Federal and State Primary Election
Candidates to County Clerks
(54 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-21
April 13
Transmittal of County Clerk Certification of All Candidates to be Placed on the Primary
Election Ballot to Municipal Clerks, the County Clerk Shall also Transmit such List, but for
Federal Candidates; to Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC)
(53 days before the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-22
April 13
County & Municipal Clerk Drawings for Ballot Positions for Primary Election Candidates
(53 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-24
April 15 – May 14
Publication of Notice of Primary Election by County Boards of Election
(within 30 days before close of registration for election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7
*Under current law the Primary Election is held only for the Democratic and Republican parties. N.J.S.A. 19:5-1
April 16
Deadline for Filing in Superior Court to Protect Primary Election Candidate’s Rights
(12 days after petition filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-12

April 16*
Deadline for Preparation of Official Primary Election Ballot for Printing
(50 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-1
* 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
April 21
Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for Primary Election
(45 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-5, N.J.S.A. 19:63-9
May
May 15
Certification of Polling Places by County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:8-4
May 15
Filing of Certification of Accessible Polling Places to the Secretary of State by the County
Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:8-3.4
May 15
Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election
(21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6
May 15
Mandated Evening Voter Registration Available for Primary Election in Offices of County
Commissioners of Registration
(optional for Municipal Clerk)
(21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-2
May 22
Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for Primary Election
(second Tuesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:7-3
May 27 – June 2
Publication of Notice of Primary Election by County Boards of Election
(once during the calendar week prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7
May 29
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Primary Election by County Boards of
Election
(7 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

May 29
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Primary Election
(not less than 7 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3
May 30
Mailing of Sample Ballots for Primary Election
(on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-34
June
June 1
Deadline for Application to Receive Primary 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
June 4 – by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Primary Election
(up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3
June 4
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Primary Election by County Boards of
Election
(1 day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9
June 5
Last day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for
Primary Election
(day of election)
(notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing)
N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8
June 5
Primary Election Day
(Tuesday after first Monday in June)
N.J.S.A. 19:2-1, N.J.S.A. 19:23-40
June 5
Deadline for Submission of Primary 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

June 5
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
June 5
School 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

June 6 – June 20
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the Primary Election
(15 days following election)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

June 8
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Independent General Election Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-13
June 11
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

June 12
Deadline for Filing of Acceptance of Nomination by Successful Primary Election
Write-in Nominee
(7 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-16
June 12
Filing of Acceptance of One Nomination where Primary Election Nominee Receives More Than
One Nomination for Same Office
(7 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-9
June 13
Deadline for Municipal Clerk to Certify to County Clerk and County Board of Elections the
Names of Duly Elected County Committee Members
(within 8 days after primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-54

June 14
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
June 15
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for Primary Election
(up to 10 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3
June 15
Canvass of Primary Election Votes by County Clerks
(10 days after the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-55
June 20
Deadline for Recount Applications for Primary Election
(within 15 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1
June 20
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the Primary Election
(within 15 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6
June 20
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board
of Election for the Primary Election
(within 15 days after the election or 3 days after the certification of the results of the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21

July
July 1
Submission of Evening Registration Plan by County Commissioners of Registration to
the Secretary of State
(on or before July 1st)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-2
**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.
July 30
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for School Election Candidates for General Election
(last Monday in July)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7

August
August 2
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Independent General Election Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-13
August 3
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nomination Petitions for School Election Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-10
August 6
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 9
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenge for School Election Candidates for General
Election
(10 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7
August 12
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 13
Deadline for Filing in Superior Court to Protect School Election Candidate’s Rights
(12 days after petition filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7
August 13- 3 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 17
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 28
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 28
Deadline for Independent Candidates to Decline Nomination for General Election
(70 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-16
August 31
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
September
September 4
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for New Nomination Petition to fill a Vacancy for
Independent Candidates and School Election 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
September 4
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
September 6
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 7
Deadline for Withdrawal of School Board Candidates
(60 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-7
September 7
Deadline to Submit Public Question for November School Board
Elections to the County Clerk by the School Board Secretary
(60 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:60-4
September 10
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 11
Last Day Vacancy Can Occur for Primary Election Nominees for the General Election
(56 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-20
September 11
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 13
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
Deadline for Filling Primary Nominee Vacancy for General Election
(54 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-20
September 16
Drawing of Ballot Positions for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be Voted at the
November General Election
(Municipal Clerk must coordinate Ballot Draw)
September 16 – October 15
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 17*
Deadline for Preparation of Official General Election Ballot for Printing
(50 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-1
* 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
September 22
Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for General Election
(45 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-5, N.J.S.A. 19:63-9
October
October 16
Voter Registration Deadline for General Election
(21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

October 16
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 23
Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for General Election
(second Tuesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:7-3
October 28 – November 3
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 30
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 to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election
(not less than 7 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3
October 31
Mailing of Sample Ballots for General Election
(on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-25
November
November 2
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 5 – by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for General Election
(up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

November 5
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 6
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 6
General Election
(Tuesday after first Monday in November)
N.J.S.A. 19:2-3, N.J.S.A. 19:15-2
November 6
Deadline for 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 7 – November 21
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the General Election
(15 days following election)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6
November 13
Meeting of County Board of Canvassers for General Election
(Monday next after the election) (Board can adjourn twice – up until Friday, November 17)
N.J.S.A. 19:19-1; N.J.S.A. 19:19-4; N.J.S.A. 19:19-6
November 16
Deadline for County Clerk to transmit Official General Election Results to the Secretary of
State
(3 days after the meeting of the board)
N.J.S.A. 19:19-13
November 21
Deadline for Recount Applications for General Election
(within 15 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1
November 21
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the General Election
(within 15 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

November 21
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board
of Election for the General Election
(within 15 days after the election or 3 days after the certification of the results of the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21
December
December 4
Deadline for Meeting of Board of State Canvassers to Certify General Election Results
(on or before the 28th day after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:21-1
December 4
Municipal Non-Partisan Run-Off Election
(Tuesday next after the first Monday in December)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-19
December 6
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for General Election
(not later than 30 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3