NO EXCUSE — Vote By Mail Law

If you would like to Vote by Mail, click on the application form below:

Cumberland Vote By Mail form in English or Spanish.


  1. Fill out the application. Print and sign your name where indicated.
  2. Mail to: Celeste M. Riley, County Clerk, Office of the County Clerk, Election Division, 60 West Broad Street, Bridgeton, New Jersey 08302 or
  3. Deliver to: Celeste M. Riley, County Clerk, Election Division – Room A137, 60 West Broad Street, Bridgeton, New Jersey 08302


  1. You must be a registered voter in order to apply for a Mail-In Ballot.
  2. Once you apply for a Mail-In Ballot, you will not be permitted to vote by machine at your polling place in the same election.
  3. You will receive instructions with your ballot.
  4. In order for your vote to count, if returning your Mail-In Ballot in person, it must be received by the County Board of Elections before close of polls on Election Day. If returning your Mail-In Ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by the County Board of Elections no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election.
  5. Do not submit more than one application for the same election.
  6. You must apply for a Mail-In Ballot for each election, unless you designate otherwise under “Voter Options.”

IMPORTANT: Your Vote By Mail application must be received by the County Clerk not later than 7 days prior to the election, unless you apply in person during the County Clerk’s office hours up to 3:00 PM the day prior to the election. For more information, call (856) 453-4680.

Vote By Mail Frequently Asked Questions

What is Vote by Mail?
Vote by Mail has replaced Absentee Voting in the State of New Jersey. It allows a voter to vote without going to the polls on election day.

How is Vote by Mail different from Absentee Voting?
Vote by Mail still allows a voter to vote in any election without going to the polls. Now the voter also has the option of automatically receiving ballots for future elections.

Who can Vote by Mail?
Any registered voter can Vote By Mail. No reason is necessary to apply.

How do I apply for Vote by Mail?
You can apply by completing an application and sending it to the County Clerk. If you do not return your completed application, we will not be able to send you a Vote by Mail ballot.

Where can I get an application for Vote by Mail?
You can get an application at: • The County Clerk’s Office • Your Municipal Clerk’s Office •  at

Do I have to pay for postage?

When do I have to apply to Vote by Mail?
Your application must be received by the Clerk’ Office seven (7) days prior to the election. You can also apply in person to the County Clerk’s Office up until 3:00 pm the day before the election.

Can someone help me complete the application and ballot materials?
Yes, you can have someone help you. This person must complete the assistor section. However, you the voter must sign the application.

Can I fax or e-mail my application?
Only active duty military and voters residing overseas may apply by fax or e-mail. All other voters must apply in writing, with original signature.

If it is within seven days before the election, and I am not able to apply in person to the County Clerk, can someone else get my ballot?
Yes, you would need to complete the application, including the Authorized Messenger section. Your messenger would then apply to the County Clerk, obtain your ballot, and deliver it to you. Your messenger must be a family member or a registered voter in this county and can not be a candidate on the ballot.

I am disabled, and I was on a list to receive an application every year, has this changed?
No, you still have that option. It is Option “A” in Section 10 of the application. This option is now also available to any registered voter.

If I apply and receive a Vote by Mail ballot, can I vote at the polls instead?
If you did not receive or return your ballot, you may vote by provisional ballot at the polls.

If I Vote by Mail, will my vote be counted?
Yes, all votes are counted and included in the final official results.

What are the new options to automatically receive ballots in future elections?
There are two options:

  • Option A – You will automatically be sent a ballot for every election for the remainder of the calendar year. You will also be sent an application at the beginning of the next year.
  • Option B – You will automatically be sent a ballot for every November General Election until you request otherwise.

Do I have to choose an option?
No, if you do not choose an option, you will receive a ballot for only the election you choose in Box #1.

Can I apply for someone else?
No, only the voter can apply. The application must have an original signature, as it appears in the poll books. State law does not allow Power of Attorney.

What if my signature has changed?
You can update your signature by contacting the Board of Elections Office at (856) 453-5801.

Federal Post Card Application for Active Duty Military or an Overseas Voter.

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