Vote by Mail Information
There have been significant changes to the statutes governing absentee / vote-by-mail ballots.
Applying for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot
Any registered voter may apply to the county clerk's office for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot Application. Applications must be received in the County Clerk's Office at least 7 days prior to an election in order for a ballot to be mailed to the applicant. Send the application to:
Honorable Timothy D. Tyler
Burlington County Clerk
50 Rancocas Road
P.O. Box 6000
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Voters may apply for a ballot in-person in the county clerk's office anytime up to 3 p.m. on the day before an election. Ballots issued over-the-counter may be taken directly to the Board of Elections office in the County Administration Building (next-door) to be voted and turned in.
Voters also have the option of returning their ballot by mail. All voted ballots must be received by the Board of Elections before polls close on the day of the election.
The County Clerk's Office is prohibited from sending a vote-by-mail ballot to any voter who is on the inactive list.
Under the 2009 revisions, voters have different options available as applicants for vote-by-mail ballots.
Single Election Option
A voter may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot for any single election by filling out sections 1 through 9 on the application and indicating which election the application is for in Section 1.
If no election is indicated and no other option is selected, a ballot will be mailed for the next available election in the voter's election district. The options are:
- Option A Calendar Year Elections: A voter may apply to receive vote-by-mail ballots for all remaining elections held in the voter's election district within the calendar year. At the end of the calendar year the voter must reapply to receive Vote by Mail Ballots or they may vote at their local polling place.
- Option B All General Elections: A voter may apply to receive a vote-by-mail ballot for all future general elections. A voter who selects this option will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot for all future November general elections until the voter notifies the County Clerk’s Office requesting that vote-by-mail ballots no longer be sent.
Please note: If your mailing address changes or you wish to stop receiving vote-by-mail ballots you must provide written notification to the County Clerk’s Office.
Application by Authorized Messenger
Any voter may apply for, and obtain a vote-by-mail ballot by way of an authorized messenger. The voter must complete Section 12 of the application for a mail-in ballot. The authorized messenger must be either a family member or a registered voter in the county.
The authorized messenger will be required to show a photo ID and sign a certification that he or she will deliver the ballot directly to the voter, and no one else, in the presence of the County Clerk or the Clerk's designee. No authorized messenger may apply for, or obtain, vote-by-mail ballots for more than 3 voters for an election. No candidate may serve as an authorized messenger in the election for which the voter is requesting a vote-by-mail ballot.
Application with Assistance
Any voter may receive assistance in making application for a Vote by Mail Ballot, but if any person assists the voter in completing any part of a vote by mail application, the name, address and signature of the person assisting must be provided in section 11 of the application for the application to be processed. (N.J.S.A. 19:63-6)