2014 Primary Election Timeline

January


January 16 - February 14
Nomination of County Board of Election Members
(30 day period before February 15)
N.J.S.A. 19:6-18
*Under current law, the Democratic and Republican parties are the only “recognized political parties in New Jersey.”

February


February 15
Submission of Evening Voter Registration Plan by County Commissioners of Registration to Secretary of State
N.J.S.A. 19:31-2
**In counties where there is a Superintendent of Elections, that office serves as the commissioner of registration; in all other counties it’s the County Board of Election.

March


March 1
Governor Commissions County Election Board Members
N.J.S.A. 19:6-18

March 1 - March 15
County Boards of Election to Organize
N.J.S.A. 19:6-22; N.J.S.A. 19:6-23

March 20 Deadline for Creating, Abolishing, Dividing or Consolidating an Election District by County Board of Election
(75 days before primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:4-15

March 23 - April 5
Publication of Notice of Requirements to Vote in Primary Election by County Commissioner of Registration
(notice to be published once during each of the two calendar weeks next preceding the week of the 55th day before the election.)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-45.1

March 28
Secretary of State to Submit Notice to County Clerks and County Boards of Election of Available Offices and Public Questions for Upcoming General Election
(67 days before primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-1

March 31
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Primary Election
(before 4:00 p.m. on or before 64th day prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-14

April

April 1
Appointment of District Board Workers by County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:6-3

April 1
County Committee Chairs to File with Municipal Clerks the Number of County Committee Seats to be Filled at Primary Election
N.J.S.A. 19:23-1

April 1
Municipal Clerks to Submit Certified List of Suggested Polling Places to County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:8-2

April 3
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Primary Election Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-20

April 4
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nominating Petitions for Primary Election Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

April 7
Notice of Federal, State, and County Offices to be Elected at General Election to be sent by County Clerks to Municipal Clerks
(57 days before the primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-3

April 8
Publication of Notice of Mail-in Ballot Availability for Primary Election by County Clerks
(prior to the 55th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-6

April 9
Deadline for Change of Party Affiliation Declaration Forms for Primary Election to be Filed with County Commissioners of Registration
(55 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-45

April 9
Deadline for Filing Certificate to Fill Vacancy of a Primary Election Candidate By the Appointed Vacancy Committee
(55 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-12

April 9
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenges for Primary Election Candidates
(9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

April 10
Deadline for Municipal Clerk to Certify to the County Clerk the Names of the Candidates who filed Primary Election Nomination Petition with Municipal Clerk
(54 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-14

April 10
Transmittal of Secretary of State Certification of Federal and State Primary Election Candidates to County Clerks
(54 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-21

April 11
Transmittal of County Clerk Certification of All Candidates to be Placed on the Primary Election Ballot to Municipal Clerks, the County Clerk Shall also Transmit such List, but for Federal Candidates; to Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC)
(53 days before the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-22

April 11
County & Municipal Clerk Drawings for Ballot Positions for Primary Election Candidates
(53 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-24

April 13 - May 12
Publication of Notice of Primary Election by County Boards of Election
(within 30 days before close of registration for election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7
*Under current law the Primary Election is held only for the Democratic and Republican parties. N.J.S.A. 19:5-1

April 14
Deadline for Filing in Superior Court to Protect Primary Election Candidate’s Rights
(12 days after petition filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-12

April 14*
Deadline for Preparation of Official Primary Election Ballot for Printing
(50 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-1
* County Commissioner of Registration is to provide notice to the two County Chairpersons of the date to inspect voting machines after they have been prepared for the upcoming election. This date will vary from county to county. N.J.S.A. 19:48-6

April 19
Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for Primary Election
(45 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-5, N.J.S.A. 19:63-9

May

May 13
Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election
(21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-6

May 13
Mandated Evening Voter Registration Available for Primary Election in Offices of County Commissioners of Registration
(optional for Municipal Clerk) (21 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:31-2

May 15
Certification of Polling Places by County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:8-4

May 15
Filing of Certification of Accessible Polling Places to the Secretary of State by the County Boards of Election
N.J.S.A. 19:8-3.4

May 20
Deadline for Filing of Challenger Appointments for Primary Election
(second Tuesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:7-3

May 25 - May 31
Publication of Notice of Primary Election by County Boards of Election
(once during the calendar week prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-7

May 27
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Primary Election by County Boards of Election
(7 days before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

May 27
Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Primary Election
(not less than 7 days prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

May 28
Mailing of Sample Ballots for Primary Election
(on or before 12 noon on Wednesday preceding election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-34

May 30
Deadline for Application to Receive Primary Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters
(4th day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:59-4

June

June 2 – by 3:00 p.m.
Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Primary Election
(up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-3

June 2
Publication of Challenge and Complaint Procedures for Primary Election by County Boards of Election
(1 day before election)
N.J.S.A. 19:12-9

June 3
Last day for Testing of Electronic Scanning Equipment for Tabulation of Paper Ballots for Primary Election
(day of election)
(notice to be given 48 hours prior to the start of testing)
N.J.S.A. 19:53A-8

June 3
Primary Election Day
(Tuesday after first Monday in June)
N.J.S.A. 19:2-1, N.J.S.A. 19:23-40

June 3
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Independent General Election Candidates
(before 4:00 p.m. of the day of the primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-9

June 3
Deadline for Submission of Primary Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election
(by 8:00 p.m. on the day of election)
N.J.S.A. 19:63-16

June 4 - June 18
Impoundment Period for Voting Machines Used in the Primary Election
(15 days following election)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

June 6
Deadline for Amendments to Defective Petitions for Independent General Election Candidates
(3 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-13

June 9
Filing Deadline for Objections to Nomination Petitions for Independent General Election Candidates
(no later than 4 days after filing deadline)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-10

June 10
Deadline for Filing of Acceptance of Nomination by Successful Primary Election Write-in Nominee
(7 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-16

June 10
Filing of Acceptance of One Nomination where Primary Election Nominee Receives More Than One Nomination for Same Office
(7 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:14-9

June 11
Deadline for Municipal Clerk to Certify to County Clerk and County Board of Elections the Names of Duly Elected County Committee Members
(within 8 days after primary election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-54

June 12
Deadline for Determination of Petition Challenges to Independent General Election Candidates
(9 days after the last day for filing nomination petitions)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-11

June 13
Deadline for Filing of Election Contest Petitions for Primary Election
(up to 10 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:29-3

June 13
Canvass of Primary Election Votes by County Clerks
(10 days after the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:23-55

June 18
Deadline for Recount Applications for Primary Election
(within 15 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:28-1

June 18
Deadline for Applications for Recheck of Voting Machines Used in the Primary Election
(within 15 days after election)
N.J.S.A. 19:52-6

June 18
Deadline for Preparation of Emergency and Provisional Ballot Reports by Each County Board of Election for the Primary Election
(within 15 days after the election or 3 days after the certification of the results of the election)
N.J.S.A. 19:53B-21, N.J.S.A. 19:53C-21