How to Vote By Mail in Garwood, NJ in 2021

I’ve been voting by mail since 1988 and I find it quick, secure and convenient. New regulations make it even easier for Garwood voters to participate in democracy.

This year, the only voters who will receive a Mail-In Ballot are those who requested them permanently. You will not automatically receive a Mail-In Ballot this year if you didn’t specifically request one.

If you wish to receive an application to vote by mail this November, you may apply online via the Union County Clerk or pick one up from the County Clerk or our Municipal Clerk at Borough Hall. A voter may apply for a Mail-In Ballot up to 7 days prior to this year’s November 2nd election date. They may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3 p.m. on November 1st (the day before Election Day).

A few things to know:

  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 on how to complete the Mail-in-Ballot with your ballot.
  4. If returning your Mail-In Ballot in person, it must be received by the Union County Board of Elections before close of polls on Election Day (8 p.m.). If returning your Mail-In Ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by the Union County Board of Elections no later than 144 hours (6 days) after the time for the closing of the polls of the election.
  5. Do not submit more than one application for the same election.

If you do not wish to mail in your completed ballot, there are 24 secure drop boxes located throughout the County that will accept your mail-in ballot. Garwood’s dropbox is located at our Public Library (411 3rd Avenue).  If you submit your ballot by mail or dropbox, you can track the status on New Jersey’s Voter Services website.

No matter how you choose to vote, remember voting is our voice as citizens so please use your voice this year and every year!

Jeff Jotz
Garwood Council Candidate