The outcome of the Nov. 2 election could impact New Jersey’s competitiveness and affordability, which is why NJBIA reminds voters it’s important to cast a ballot – either by mailat their regular Election Day polling place, or in-person during the new nine-day early-voting period at countywide sites. 

Election Day polling places are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Voters can return their vote-by-mail ballot to any of their county’s  24-hour secure ballot drop-box locations, or take advantage of the state’s new in-person “early voting” option at centralized county sites Oct. 23 through Oct. 31.

Early-voting hours during that nine-day period are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. No pre-registration is required to vote early. For more information on early-voting locations, check your sample ballot or go online to the State Voter Information Portal.

The online portal also has the locations of in-person polling stations for Election Day voting, the locations of secure 24-hour dropboxes in each county for returning vote-by-mail ballots, and a tracking tool to verify that mail-in ballots have been received by county boards of election. 

The gubernatorial candidates are incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R), a businessman from Somerset County. There are also 120 Senate and Assembly seats up for grabs in the 2021 election and two constitutional amendment questions.

The first public question asks voters to amend the state constitution to allow wagering on college sports or athletic events taking place in New Jersey.

The second public question asks voters whether the constitution should be amended to allow charitable, educational, fraternal, civic organizations, as well as volunteer fire companies and first-aid or rescue squads to use proceeds of games of chance, such as bingos and raffles, to support their own organizations. Currently, only senior citizens and veterans’ groups are permitted to do so; the others  must use the proceeds for an educational, charitable, patriotic, religious, or public-spirited purpose.