2020 ELECTION - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
VOTE BY MAIL INSTRUCTIONS
GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATIONAL GUIDE
Ballots for the November 3 election have been mailed and can be voted on immediately! There is also First Class postage pre-paid envelope to send it back in. As First Class Mail is delivered within 3 to 5 days, a voter can check if their ballot was received by the Board of Election within 3-7 days after mailing the ballot. Voters can check the status of their returned ballot on njelections.org or call the Board of Elections. Voters who do not want to use USPS can deposit their ballot in Fort Lee's Secure Drop Box in front of the Community Center fountain (or in one of the 18 Secure Drop Box locations). Those ballots will be picked up directly by the Board of Elections on a daily basis.
As mentioned in the Info Guide, the Voting Machines at the Polls on Election Day are exclusively for blind and disabled voters who are unable to vote with a pen and paper ballot. All other voters are encouraged to use the Vote-by-Mail Ballot that has been issued to them. Please note, even if a voter goes to the polls on election day they will still vote on paper. The Provisional Paper Ballot cast on Election Day will have to go through the investigation process and will be counted after it is confirmed the voter did not submit their Mail-In Ballot as it is illegal to vote twice.
Thank you for doing your part of voting in this unprecedented election.
To watch a video the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders have put together a video that provides helpful voting information to Bergen County residents, click here.
VOTING IN COLLEGE
As the 2020 election approaches, many students will be registering to vote for the first time or may have questions about voting during the COVID-19 crisis. With this in mind, Study.com has created a Comprehensive Guide to Voting While in College.
The guide includes:
- An overview of how to register to vote for the first time
- The current options for voting during the COVID-19 pandemic
- An overview of voting rights and rules
- An extensive list of voting research resources
Click here to view the Guide.
VOTE-BY-MAIL APPLICATION/MAIL-IN BALLOT
The County Clerk's office handles Mail-In Ballots (formerly known as Absentee Ballots) for Bergen County residents during all local, state and national elections.
The Vote-By-Mail Process involves two separate steps:
First you must complete and submit a Vote-By-Mail Application (Directions on the application):
APPLICATION FOR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT
To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election.
A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk prior to 8pm the day of the election.
The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of a Application for Vote-By-Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required.
Note: If you are a U.S. citizen living overseas either temporarily or indefinitely, you can still vote. You will need to fill out and send us a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) which you can obtain from the website: FVAP.gov or by clicking on the link below. In Section 1 of this form, you must indicate if you are residing outside of the U.S. temporarily or indefinitely. This application must be renewed every year, in January.
FEDERAL POST CARD APPLICATION
You'll receive a Mail-in Ballot to complete and submit. This ballot represents your vote in the election.
Should anyone require assistance and or have questions, please call the Borough Clerk’s Office at 201-592-3500 extension 1505.
Registering to Vote
Who can Register
To register to vote you must be:
- a US citizen;
- at least 18 years old on or before the next election; and
- residing at your present address for at least 30 days.
Note: You are not eligible to register or vote if you are on parole or probation, or if you are serving a prison sentence for violating State or Federal law.
Where to Register
Applications for registration can be obtained from the Borough Clerk, from the Commissioner of Registration office in Bergen County (see address below) or download here. Registration forms are also available in various State agencies and at Division of Motor Vehicle offices and can be obtained while transacting agency business. You can also print out a registration form below and after entering the required data, mail it to the Bergen County Commissioner of Registration. All forms can also be found on the Bergen County Clerk's site.
Deliver your Completed Voter Registration Form to:
BERGEN COUNTY COMMISSIONER OF REGISTRATION
1 Bergen County Plaza, Room 380
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Where to Vote in Fort Lee
To help prevent the community spread of COVID-19, all registered voters who chooses to cast their vote in-person will do so on a provisional ballot. All individuals with disabilities will have access to an ADA-conforming voting machine. All eligible voters in New Jersey may vote by absentee ballot for the 2020 General Election. The polls are open for General Elections and Primary Elections 6am-8pm. You are required to wear a mask/face covering and maintain 6 feet of distance when entering any Election facility.
Polling locations for the election districts in Fort Lee are as follows.
If your original polling place is at one of these following locations, you will vote at: COMMUNITY CENTER (1355 Inwood Terrace)
District 1 - Firehouse #4 (4 Brinkerhoff Avenue)
District 2 - Firehouse #4 (4 Brinkerhoff Avenue)
District 3 - Horizon Towers South (5 Horizon Road)
District 4 - Horizon Towers South (5 Horizon Road)
District 5 - Fort Lee Community Center (1355 Inwood Terrace, Multi Purpose Room)
District 6 - Fort Lee Community Center (1355 Inwood Terrace)
If your original polling place is at one of these following locations, you will vote at: RECREATION CENTER (1501 8th Street/Stillwell Avenue)
District 7 - Recreation Center (Stillwell Avenue)
District 8 - Senior Citizens' Activities Ctr (319 Main Street)
District 9 - School #1 (250 Hoym Street)
District 10 - Fort Lee Museum (1589 Parker Avenue, Palisade Ave Entrance)
District 11 - School #2 (2047 Jones Road)
District 12 - School #3 (2405 Second Street, Myrtle Avenue)
If your original polling place is at one of these following locations, you will vote at: YOUTH CENTER (2265 Lemoine Avenue)
District 13 - Fort Lee Youth Center (2265 Lemoine Avenue)
District 14 - Fort Lee Youth Center (2265 Lemoine Avenue)
District 15 - Fire Co. #2 (2481 Lemoine Avenue)
District 16 - School #3 (2405 Second Street, Myrtle Avenue)
District 17 - Horizon Towers South (5 Horizon Road)
District 18 - Fort Lee Youth Center (2265 Lemoine Avenue)
District 19 - Ambulance Corps. (Corner of Main St. & Anderson Avenue)
Schedule of Elections
Primary Elections are ordinarily held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June. The primary is held to nominate party candidates for the General Election and to elect party members of the State and County Committees and Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the National Conventions in Presidential Election years. Polls for Primary Elections are open 6am-8pm.
General Elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November to elect various National, State, County and Municipal officials to office. Polls for General Elections are open 6am-8pm .
Special Elections may be held at various times throughout the year but generally on a Tuesday. Notification of such elections is advertised in your local newspaper.