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2021 Salem County Elected Positions & Terms of Office (PDF) Note: As we acquire new information, this document will be updated.

2021 Primary Election Frequently Asked Questions

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When is the Primary Election?
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Will voters be allowed to vote in person?
YES, from 5:00 AM until 8:00 PM, unless you have already requested a Mail-in ballot.

Is there a deadline to change my party?
YES, the deadline to change your party affiliation is April 14th. You can do so by submitting a Voter Registration Form (Party Affiliation) to Board of Elections at: 110 Fifth Street, Suite 1000, Salem, NJ 08079. Feel free to call the Board of Elections or the County Clerk’s Office at 856-935-7510 to make sure your party choice and mailing address information is correct.

Voter Registration Form can be found on Board of Elections website,

When is the deadline to register to vote?
The deadline to register to vote is May 18th, 2021. If mailing your registration, it must be postmarked by May 18th, 2021. If delivering your registration to the Salem County Board of Elections at: 110 Fifth Street, Suite 1000, Salem, NJ 08079, it must be received by 9 PM, May 18th, 2021.

Will there be early voting at the polling locations?
Not for the Primary Election. We are hopeful to have early voting for the General Election, November 2021.

How will I know where to find my polling location?
Prior to the election, you will receive a “Sample Ballot” with notification of your polling location and District #. You can also find your polling location on the Board of Elections website:

What will the Ballots look like?
Ballots will be posted on the Salem County Clerk website: https://salerncountyclerk.orgielection-services/#sample

If a voter goes to his/her polling location on Election Day and is told that their status is a “Vote By Mail” voter –
The voter CAN vote Provisionally at the polling location. Provisional Ballots will be counted once it is verified that the voter has not already submitted a Mail-in ballot.

Can an Unaffiliated/Independent Voter vote in a Primary Election?
Yes
If voting at your Polling Location: An Unaffiliated/Independent voter must request either a Republican or Democratic ballot. Please understand that once you request a ballot, you are then considered a voter affiliated to that particular party until you request, in writing, to change your party affiliation through a Voter Registration Form – Party Affiliation – found on the Board of Elections website:

If Vote by Mail: An Unaffiliated/Independent voter WILL receive two ballots in the mail; 1 Republican ballot and 1 Democratic ballot. A voter can only return 1 ballot. We ask that you destroy the non-voted ballot. Once the voter returns the ballot of their choice, the voter is then considered affiliated to that particular party until a request in writing – Voter Registration Form — Party Affiliation – found on the Board of Elections website: elections@salerneountyagov

IF a voter returns both a Republican AND a Democratic ballot, that have been voted, both ballots will be REJ ECTED.

IF the voter chooses not to vote at all, they should destroy the ballots and accompanying envelopes.

What can we expect to be different when voting in person for the Primary Election?

  • Social distancing will be required
  • Face coverings will be required
  • Contact points will be thoroughly cleaned
  • Poll location will be thoroughly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers will be provided for the voters
  • Pens and stylus will be provided and given to the voter to keep
  • New voting machines have been certified and will be deployed to all polling locations

Vote By Mail (VBM)

Am I an In-Person Voter or a Vote By Mail Voter? Not sure?
If you would like to confirm your voting status (Vote by Mail or in-person voter), please call the County Clerk’s Office at: 856-935-7510 x8454.

Who is going to receive a VBM Ballot?
Only voters that have requested a Mail-in ballot via an application previously submitted to the Salem County Clerk’s Office.

If you are a Vote by Mail voter (VBM) but wish to return to your polling location on Election Day:
Complete and submit an “Opt Out” Form found on the Salem County Clerk’s website or call the Clerk’s Office, at: 856-935-7510 x8454 to have an “Opt Out” Form mailed to you. (Form link on last page)

If you have received a Mail-in ballot and wish to vote at your polling location, YOU MUST RETURN your non-voted ballot to the Salem County Clerk’s Office, located at: 110 Fifth Street Suite 200, Salem, NJ 08079, (Weekdays, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) at least 7 days before the Election.

When will ballots be mailed to voters who have requested Mail-in ballots?
You can expect to receive your ballot the first week of May 2021.

Is there a deadline to request a ballot be mailed?
YES, Tuesday, June 1st, 2021, seven (7) days before the Election.

If you requested a Mail-in ballot and did not receive it:
We ask our voters to BE PATIENT AND WAIT until the second week of May to allow the US Postal Service time to deliver. If you did not receive your ballot in the mail, please call the Clerk’s Office at; 856-935-7510 x8454 or visit the Clerk’s Office, located at: 110 Fifth Street, Suite 200, Salem, NJ 08079. Office hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM every weekday, except holidays.

What should I do if I lose my ballot, or it is damaged?
If your VBM Ballot is lost or damaged, call the County Clerk’s Office at: 856-935-7510 x8454 for instruction.

Is there a deadline to pick up a ballot and vote it at the County Clerk’s Office?
YES, Monday, June 7th, 2021, by 3 PM.

What is a Bearer?
A Bearer is a person who is delivering a voted Mail-in Ballot for someone other than themselves.

What does a Bearer do?
A Bearer delivers a voted Mail-in Ballot directly to the Board of Elections, on behalf of another voter. The Bearer MUST SIGN the Bearer Portion of the Outer Envelope, in the presence of the voter when taking custody of the ballot. The Bearer MUST SIGN the Bearer Book at the Board of Elections.

Bearer Limits?
There is a THREE ballot limit per Bearer, in addition to their own ballot; FIVE ballots if immediate family member living in the same household.

Do I have to provide postage to return the mailed ballot?
NO, all ballots will have prepaid return postage provided for your convenience.

May I return my I/BM Ballot to the polling location on Primary Election Day?
No. Your options to return your Mail-in ballot are:

  • Return by mail (postage prepaid) — must be postmarked by Election Day.
  • Place your ballot (with appropriate envelopes) into one of the Drop Boxes throughout Salem County – The Salem County Offices, at 110 Fifth Street, Salem, NJ 08079 has a Drop Box. Ballots are picked up daily and delivered to Board of Elections. The last pickup will be 8:00 PM on Election Day.
  • Return your ballot (with appropriate envelopes) directly to the Board of Elections between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM each weekday. Ballots will also be received until 8:00PM on Election Day. Board of Elections Address: 110 Fifth Street, Suite 1000, Salem, NJ 08079.

How will I know where to find the secure drop box locations?
Contact the Board of Elections at 856-935-7510. The County Clerk’s office will post the locations on its website once the locations have been identified. (Links provided on last page)

Do all Mail-In (VBM) Ballots get counted?
Ballots that are properly cast are canvassed and counted.
The ##1 REASON BALLOTS ARE REJECTED IS BECAUSE THE CERTIFICATION ENVELOPE IS NOT SIGNED! (See instruction page)

Note: Do Not Detach the Certificate envelope and attempt to tape it.

If your Certificate is detached or damaged, request a new Certification Envelope from the County Clerk’s Office: 856-935-7510 x8454 or come to the County Clerk’s Office located at: 110 Fifth Street, Suite 200, Salem, NJ 08079.

Ballot instruction page

Ballot is placed into Certification Envelope and sealed

Certification is placed inside of Return Envelope addressed to Board of Elections

Options to return:

  • United States Postal Service (postage paid)
  • Drop box — check for box locations (picked up daily)
  • Directly to the Board of Elections

Will I be notified if my Mail-in Ballot is Rejected?
YES, the Board of Elections will mail you a letter, or call if you provided your contact information on the Certification envelope and give you a specified time limit to correct the problem – watch your mail and listen to your voice messages! The letter and/or call will instruct you on how to fix the problem and will provide an email address, fax number and address of: 110 Fifth Street, Suite 1000, Salem, NJ 08079, to return your correction letter.

How do I contact the Board of Elections and/or the County Clerk’s Office?
Salem County Board of Elections
110 Fifth Street, Suite 1000
Salem, NJ 08079
856-935-7510 x8328, 8329, 8330 and 8331

Salem County Clerk’s Office
110 Fifth Street, Suite 200
Salem, NJ 08079
856-935-7510 x8454

When will we know the results of the June 86, 2021 Primary Election?
UNOFFICIAL results will be posted to the Salem County Clerk website, under Election Results, the night of the Election (https://salemcountyclerk.org/election-results-2/). Official results can be expected approximately 12 days after the Election. Every effort will be made to provide results as quickly as possible however, the goal is to be accurate and secure.

Links to Election information: elections.salemcountynj,gov (open in new window)

  • Voter Registration Form
    • Register to Vote
    • Change of Party
    • Change of Address
    • Change of Name
  • Polling Locations
  • Drop Box Location

www.salemcountyclerk.org

  • Opt Out Form
  • Mail In Ballot Application
  • Sample Ballots
  • Election Results

 

County & School Petitions

Independent Petition County and Local

Instructions / Guidelines
Petition For Independent – County And Local Candidate(s)

  1. Read Petition carefully and fill in all blank spaces where required.
  2. Petitioners must sign in their own handwriting matching the signature in the voter registry records.

They must provide their correct residence or post office address in the presence of the Affiant/Circulator. The circulator/witness must sign the inside of the petition and check the line where his/her signature appears.

  1. For local elections, the Mayor must file a separate petition from Council.
  2. For a joint petition, place the names in the order they are to appear on the ballot.
  3. The person in whose presence the Petition was signed MUST be one of the signers of the petition and make an affidavit as Affiant before a notary or other officer authorized by law to take affidavits.
  4. The Candidate(s) must sign the Certificate of Acceptance stating that he/she/they is/are qualified for the office in the Petition. Candidate must be a registered voter and resident of Salem County one year prior to the date of the next General Election. (Chapter 94 Laws of 1980)
  5. The Petition must be signed by legally qualified voters of the State of NJ residing in the County of Salem if the Petition is for County Office and/or residing in the Municipality if the petition is for a Municipal Office. The Petition must be signed by at least 2% of the legally qualified voters of the votes cast for Members of the General Assembly at the last preceding General Election for which nominations for the General Assembly were made in the County in the case of County Officers or in the Municipality in the case of Municipal Officers provided that no more than 100 signers are required in any case. (N.J.S.A. 19:13-5).

Please download PDF which contains the petition form
(Note: the PDF also includes instructions as detailed above)

Municipal Petition

Instructions / Guidelines
Petition For Municipal Candidate(s)

  1. Read Petition carefully and fill in all blank spaces where required.
  2. Petitioners must sign in their own handwriting matching the signature in the voter registry records. They must provide their correct residence or post office address in the presence of the Affiant/Circulator. The circulator/witness must sign the inside of the petition and check the line where his/her signature appears.
  3. For local elections, the Mayor must file a separate petition from Council.
  4. For a joint petition, place the names in the order they are to appear on the ballot.
  5. The person in whose presence the Petition was signed MUST be one of the signers of the petition and make an affidavit as Affiant before a notary or other officer authorized by law to take affidavits.
  6. The Candidate(s) must sign the Certificate of Acceptance stating that he/she/they is/are qualified for the office in the Petition. Candidate must be a registered voter and resident of Salem County one year prior to the date of the next General Election. (Chapter 94 Laws of 1980)
  7. The Petition must be signed by legally qualified voters of the State of NJ residing in the County of Salem. The Petition must be signed by at least 2% of the legally qualified voters of the votes cast for Members of the General Assembly at the last preceding General Election for which nominations for the General Assembly were made in the County in the case of County Officers or in the Municipality in the case of Municipal Officers provided that no more than 100 signers are required in any case. (N.J.S.A. 19:13-5).
  8. No individual shall be eligible to be a Candidate unless individual is a registered voter in that Municipality and or Ward. Individual was or will be a resident of the Municipality and or Ward one year prior to the date of the election and must be 18 years of age or older.

NOTICE: All candidates are required by law to comply with the provisions of the “New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act.” For further information, please call the Election Law Enforcement Commission at 609-292-8700 or toll-free within New Jersey at 1-888-313-ELEC (3532).

Please download PDF which contains the petition form
(Note: the PDF also includes instructions as detailed above)

 

2020-2021 Signatures Needed

District by District Minimum Number of Petition Signatures Required for County Committee Petitions, per 19:23-8 for the 2020 & 2021 Primary Election. (Based on total number of ballots cast in each district in the 2019 Primary Election.)

Note: Signatures Required section is for Township Committees, Boro Council, or City Council
.

Alloway Township
District 1 District 2 Signatures Required
Democrat 3 2 5
Independent 45
Republican 2 3 5

Carneys Point Township
Dis. 1 Dis. 2 Dis. 3 Dis. 4 Dis. 5 Signatures Required
Democrat 2 3 2 6 3 16
Independent 95
Republican 1 1 1 2 1 6

Elmer Borough
District 1 Signatures Required
Democrat 3 3
Independent 15
Republican 2 2

Elsinboro Township
District 1 Signatures Required
Democrat 3 3
Independent 32
Republican 2 2

Lower Alloways Creek Township
District 1 District 2 Signatures Required
Democrat 2 1 3
Independent 55
Republican 2 2 4

Mannington Township
District 1 Signatures Required
Democrat 2 2
Independent 22
Republican 2 2

Oldmans Township
District 1 District 2 Signatures Required
Democrat 2 1 3
Independent 23
Republican 1 2 3

Penns Grove Borough
District 1 District 2 District 3 Signatures Required
Democrat 3 3 4 10
Independent 58
Republican 1 1 1 3

Pennsville Township
Dis. 1 Dis. 2 Dis. 3 Dis. 4 Dis. 5 Dis. 6 Dis. 7 Dis. 8 Dis. 9 Sigs
Req’d
Dem. 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 14
Ind. 143
Rep. 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 14

Pilesgrove Township
District 1 District 2 District 3 Signatures Required
Democrat 3 2 2 7
Independent 56
Republican 7 6 3 17

Pittsgrove Township
Dis. 1 Dis. 2 Dis. 3 Dis. 4 Dis. 5 Dis. 6 Signatures Required
Democrat 1 3 3 3 2 3 15
Independent 106
Republican 1 2 2 1 2 2 10

Quinton Township
District 1 District 2 Signatures Required
Democrat 6 5 11
Independent 32
Republican 2 2 4

Salem City (East Ward)
District 1 District 2 Signatures Required
Democrat 6 5 11
Independent 46
Republican 1 1 2

Salem City (West Ward)
District 1 District 2 Signatures Required
Democrat 5 5 10
Independent 53
Republican 1 1 2

Upper Pittsgrove Township
District 1 District 2 Signatures Required
Democrat 1 2 3
Independent 62
Republican 2 2 4

Woodstown Borough
District 1 District 2 Signatures Required
Democrat 4 4 8
Independent 90
Republican 3 2 5

 Petitions-Co.Comm.Cands-Sigs. req’d – Per District)   ♦  Total No. Voting Districts: 45


To calculate number of signatures required:

  No. votes cast  (FROM-TO) No. of Signatures Required
0-20 1
21-40 2
41-60 3
61-80 4
81-100 5
101-120 6
121-140 7
141-160 8
161-180 9
181-over 10

Other Election Information

Filing for Local Positions

To file for a position on Township Committee, Borough Council, City Council, Mayor of a Borough or Mayor of a City, candidates and campaign committees have reporting requirements in the municipal, runoff, primary, general, special, recall, and school board elections.  If a candidate or treasurer who is participating in one of these elections wishes to receive the “Compliance Manual for Candidates” PLEASE COMPLETE THIS REQUEST FORM.  This form has detailed instructions concerning how to obtain a manual and how to file electronically.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Complete the first page of the petition.
    → Download the petition WORD DOCUMENT
    → Download the petition PDF FORMAT
    → Download the Township Committee Signatures Required
  2. Pages 2 & 3 are for signatures of Registered Voters of the same political party as the candidate who is endorsing the Candidate(s) listed on the petition.
  3. Please obtain the required number of signatures of registered voters listed.  The Candidate may be included as one of the signers of his petition.
  4. More than one candidate for the same office may be listed on this petition if they are running as a team.
  5. VERY IMPORTANT – Where indicated, PRINT LEGIBLY!

Political Party Affiliation Forms

Please find in the “Quick Find” section at the top of the page.

Election Results

Election Results for the Primary, General and School Board can be found on the Election Services page. In addition, each result can be requested by calling 856-935-7510 X8454.

Election Law Enforcement’s Website

Pursuant to P.L. 2014 c.58 (effective January 1, 2015), candidates will no longer be required to file a duplicate copy of any campaign report with the county clerk. In addition, each county will be required to provide on its website a link to the Election Law Enforcement’s website (www.elec.state.nj.us ) for the purpose of providing public access to all campaign reports required to be reported to the Commission.

If you have any question, please contact the Compliance Staff of the Commission at (609) 292-8700 or toll-free within NJ at 1-888-313 ELEC (3532).

Voter Lists

The County Clerk and Board of Election Offices maintain Street and Alpha lists by District. These lists are available for review or purchase:

Alpha Lists: $0.05 per page
Street Lists: $0.05 per page