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Election Administration in New Jersey - at the County Level

At the county level a number of officials and offices are responsible for the administration of elections. Those officials and offices and their respective responsibilities are indicated in the summary below:

County Boards of Election

All 21 counties -- includes duties of Superintendent where that office does not exist.
Acts as County Commissioner of Registration where no Superintendent of Elections exists, 19:31-2
Acts as custodian of voting machines where no Superintendent exists, 19:48-4

All Boards are responsible for:

Selection of polling places,
Enforcement of Elderly and Handicapped Accessibility Act, 19:8-2 & 8-3.1
Creation and maintenance of election districts, 19:4-10 et seq
Appointment of challengers, 19:7-2
Appointment and training of board workers, 19:6-1 & 19:50-1
Receiving, counting, investigating and certifying Vote-By-Mail ballots, 19:57-24&31
Counting and certifying provisional ballots, 19:53C
Is the Board of County Canvassers, 19:6-26

Superintendent of Elections

Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris and Passaic
Required in 1st Class counties, 9:32-5
Permitted in 2nd and 5th Class counties, 10:32-30
Has police powers to enforce title 19,19:32-21 & 44
Acts as the County's Commissioner of Registration, 19:31-2
Acts as custodian of County's voting machines.

Commissioner of Registration

All 21 counties (either Board of Elections or Superintendent of Elections)

Regulates voter registrations, 19:31-2
Accepts voter registration applications
Reviews registration records to assure continued eligibility Investigates provisional ballots, 19:53C

County Clerk

Receives petitions for all offices except those filed with the Attorney General of municipal clerks, 19:13-3 for general, 19:23-6 for primary
Designs and prints all election ballots, 19:14-1 for general, 19:23-22.4 primary
Draws lots for ballot position 19:14-12 for general, 19:23-22.4 for primary
Prints and furnishes Vote-By-Mail Ballots, 19:57-8,
Emergency Ballots, Provisional Ballots Approves or rejects Vote-By-Mail ballot applications,19:57-1
Prepares list of Vote-By-Mail ballot applications, 19:57-9

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