Key dates for the 2021 elections in the NJ

TRENTON – Officially, the election for governor of New Jersey will take place on November 2. However, the process is already well underway, with ballots in the hands of some voters.

Here’s a rundown of the key dates for the 2021 New Jersey governor’s race:

Saturday September 18: Counties have started mailing ballots to registered voters. Unlike last year, mail-in ballots are only sent to those who request them.

Tuesday September 28: Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli meet for their first of two debates at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 5: Democratic Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver and Republican candidate Diane Allen meet for a debate at Rider University in Lawrenceville at 7 p.m.

Democratic candidate Phil Murphy, left, answers a question as Republican candidate Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, right, during a 2017 gubernatorial debate at the NJ PAC in Newark (AP Photo / Julio Cortez, Pool)

Tuesday, October 12: Deadline for voter registration for general elections. The departmental registration commissioners will be open late, as will some municipal clerks.

Tuesday, October 12: Murphy and Ciattarelli meet for their second of two debates at 8 p.m. at Rowan University in Glassboro.

Wednesday, October 20: Deadline for counties to send sample ballots to voters.

Saturday 23 October: Advance voting in person on voting machines begins. This option is new to New Jersey and will be available in at least three locations in each county. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Nicole Flaherty stands with her children as her 7-year-old daughter Madelyn casts the ballot in the Burlington County ballot box in Cinnaminson on October 7, 2020 (AP Photo / Christina Paciolla)

Tuesday October 26: Deadline for registered voters to request a postal ballot by mail.

Sunday October 31: Last day for advance voting in person.

Monday November 1: There is a 3 p.m. deadline for people to apply in person for mail-in ballots to their county clerk’s office.

Tuesday, November 2: Election day. Polling stations are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is also the deadline for receiving ballots by mail at post offices, drop boxes or delivery in person to county election boards.

Bergen County Electoral Board workers counting some of the ballots cast early for the 2020 general election on Monday, October 26, 2020 (Screenshot from Bergen County Electoral Board livestream)

Monday, November 8: Deadline for counties to receive mailed ballots, provided they are postmarked by November 2.

Saturday 13 November: Deadline for voters who have been informed of a missing or mismatched signature on the postal ballot or provisional ballots to “cure” their ballot.

Monday November 15th: County canvassing councils meet to finalize election results.

The mansion of New Jersey Governor Drumthwacket is shown in Princeton, NJ (associated press kit)

Saturday 20 November: Deadline for county clerks to transmit election results to Secretary of State.

Thursday 2 December: Deadline for meeting of the Council of State Solicitors to certify election results.

Tuesday, January 18: Opening day.

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