Vote by Mail FAQ – Passaic County Democrats 2020

Due to COVID-19 related safety concerns, the 2020 election will be held primarily using Vote by Mail Ballots.

Q: How do I get my ballot?

A: Every active status registered voter will automatically be mailed a ballot around the first week of October – there is no need to apply.  To check your registration status or address, you can contact the Passaic County Superintendent of Elections at (973) 881-4515, check online at , or download the free New Jersey Elections app on your phone or tablet.

Q: What if I don’t get a ballot, or I lost my ballot? 

A: If you don’t receive a ballot by October 10th, you should contact the Passaic County Clerk Elections Division at (973) 881-4127.  October 23rd is the deadline to request a new ballot.  October 13th was the deadline to register or update your registration, so it is now too late to register, but if you were registered at a different address, you might still be able to request a ballot in person, and should call (973)881-4127 to find out. 

Q: How do I complete the ballot?

A: 1) Using a blue or black pen, completely fill in the circle next to each Democratic candidate in the center column of the ballot-- all are in position A under the office they are seeking.  The Vote by Mail ballot does not have actual rows like the voting machine.  For Biden and Harris for President and Vice-President, Booker for Senate, Pascrell for Congress and James and Best for Freeholder these are #1A - 2A - 3A - 4A and 5A, all located in the center column of the ballot. Start with #5A and work your way back up the ballotIf your town has Democratic municipal candidates, they will be located in the right hand column of the ballot, and each will have an A in their ballot position.  Non-partisan municipal or School Board candidates will also appear in the right-hand column. Read carefully to determine how many candidates you should select for each office.   
    2) Find the smaller envelope that has a perforated flap with the Voter Certificate - it will have yellow highlighting on it.  DON’T TEAR OFF THE FLAP!  Seal the completed ballot inside the envelope, and remember - DON’T TEAR OFF THE FLAP!
   3) Write your name and address on the flap where indicated.  Carefully sign your signature, as it has to match how you signed when you registered to vote.  DON’T TEAR OFF THE FLAP!
   4) Seal the small envelope inside the larger return envelope, which is addressed to the Passaic County Board of Elections and includes prepaid postage.
Q: How do I return my ballot?
A: Return your ballot by:
  • Placing it in the mail - ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd and received by Nov. 10th to be counted, but there’s no reason to wait, please return your ballot ASAP!
  • Placing it in a secure drop-box.  You may drop your ballot in any Passaic County drop-box regardless of where you live. Drop-boxes are under 24-hour surveillance and are emptied daily by elections personnel. 
Drop-boxes are located at:

Bloomingdale - Borough Hall (Back Entrance)
101 Hamburg Turnpike, Bloomingdale, NJ 07403
Currently Available

Clifton - Municipal Complex (Front Entrance next to Tax Drop Box)
900 Clifton Ave, Clifton, NJ 07013
Currently Available

Clifton - Community Recreation Center
1232 Main Ave, Clifton, NJ 07011
Currently Available 

Haledon - Municipal Building (outside Front Door)
510 Belmont Ave, Haledon, NJ 07508
Currently Available

Hawthorne - Borough Hall (Parking Lot Entrance)
445 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506
Currently Available

Little Falls - between Municipal Building Entrance and Police Station
225 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424
Currently Available

North Haledon - Municipal Building (Main Entrance)
103 Overlook Ave, North Haledon, NJ 07508
Currently Available

Passaic - Municipal Complex (Front Entrance)
330 Passaic Street, Passaic, NJ 07055
Currently Available

Passaic - 179 Main Ave, Passaic, NJ 07055
Currently Available

Paterson - County of Passaic Administration Building (next to Entrance)
Corner of Clark Street and De Grasse Street, Paterson, NJ 07505
Currently Available

Paterson - Passaic County Community College, Paterson Campus (Ellison Street side)
One College Boulevard, Paterson, NJ 07505
Currently Available

Paterson St. Joseph's University Medical Center
703 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07503
Currently Available 

Pompton Lakes - Municipal Building (Back Entrance)
25 Lenox Ave, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Currently Available

Prospect Park - Municipal Building (North 10th Street side)
106 Brown Ave, Prospect Park, NJ 07508
Currently Available

Ringwood - Ringwood Municipal Complex (Front Entrance)
60 Margaret King Ave, Ringwood, NJ 07456
Currently Available

Totowa - Municipal Building (Front Entrance)
537 Totowa Road, Totowa, NJ 07512
Currently Available 

Wanaque - Municipal Building (Front Entrance)
579 Ringwood Ave, Wanaque, NJ 07465
Currently Available

Wayne - Municipal Complex (Walkway to Front Entrance)
475 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
Currently Available

Wayne - Corrado's Market
201 Berdan Ave, Wayne, NJ 07470
Currently Available 

West Milford - Municipal Building (Front Entrance)
1480 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480
Currently Available 

Woodland Park - Municipal Building (Front Entrance)
5 Brophy Lane, Woodland Park, NJ 07424
Currently Available

  •  Dropping it off at the Passaic County Board of Elections at 401 Grand St. in Paterson:
    • From 8:30am to 4:30pm every Mon-Fri from ballot mailing through November 3rd
    • From 9am to 1pm on Saturday, October 31st
    • From 6am to 8pm on Election day - Tuesday, November 3rd. 
  • Handing it in at your assigned polling place on Election Day - restrictions apply.  Ballots will only be accepted at polling places if the voter is at their assigned polling place where their name appears in the voter book.  Voters may only bring their own ballot to the polls, and must sign the voter book when their ballot is dropped off.  No bearer ballots for other voters will be accepted at the polls. 
Q: Can I vote early in person?

A: You can complete an early paper ballot in person by visiting the Passaic County Clerk at 401 Grand Street in Paterson - Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.  Additional evening and weekend hours may be available closer to Election Day.  Make sure to bring photo ID that matches the address where you are registered to vote.

Q: Can I vote in person on Election Day?

A: Returning your Vote by Mail Ballot is the easiest and safest way to vote this year, but in case you are unable to obtain a ballot, you lose your ballot, or have other issues preventing you from voting by mail, a limited number of polling places will be open from 6am-8pm on Tuesday, November 3rd where you can vote in person.  Please note that all in person votes will be cast using provisional paper ballots.  Voting machines will be available only for voters with disabilities prohibiting them from completing a paper ballot.  Your polling place may have temporarily changed for this election.  All voters will be mailed a card indicating where they can vote on Election Day if necessary.  You can also call the Passaic County Board of Elections at (973) 881-4780 to find your temporary polling place for November 3rd.

Q: Can someone else deliver my ballot for me?

A: Yes, but to do so they must be a registered voter in NJ, and they must sign the “Bearer” section on the left side of the outer return envelope.  Any Bearer can transport a maximum of three ballots besides their own.  They must sign the envelope in your presence, and then personally place the ballot in the mail or an official drop box, or deliver it to the Board of Elections.  Bearers are not allowed to drop off ballots at polling places on Election Day, or to give your ballot to anyone else to deliver.   You should not give your ballot to anyone you don’t personally know - if possible mail or drop it yourself to ensure your vote will count!

Q: How do I know if my ballot was received?

A: You can call the Passaic County Board of Elections at (973) 881-4780 to check your ballot status, use the online voter profile portal to track your ballot at , or download the free New Jersey Elections app on your phone or tablet.

Q: How do I know if my ballot was counted?

A:  You can call the Passaic County Board of Elections at (973) 881-4780 to check your ballot status, use the online voter profile portal to track your ballot at , or download the free New Jersey Elections app on your phone or tablet.
Once your ballot is confirmed as received, the Board of Elections will verify your signature on the Voter Certificate flap on the inside envelope.  If the signature matches, the vote will be counted with no further action needed.  If the signature is missing, or does not match your signature on file, they will mail you a form to affirm your identity, and if this is returned your ballot will be counted.