For 2021: Single Signature electronic petitions
Because of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the State is allowing candidates to utilize single signature petitions to replace/suppliment the gathering of signatures. The following link provides information on how a candidate creates and distributes his/her digital petition single signature sheets, how a registered voter can fill out, sign & return those sheets, and then how a candidate can gather all the sheets & transmit the packet to you. These single sheets must be accompanied with a traditional petition form that is signed and notarized as always even if all signatures are captured electronically. The state’s website https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/candidate-information.shtml has the single signature petition forms as well as several videos the State produced on how to use them. If you are running for County office or Municipal office use the single signature sheets in the section: County and Municipal Petitions For Democratic and Republican Candidates.
A candidate is under no obligation to use these single signature sheets if they don’t want to. They can just use the traditional petition process if they choose. The decision is up to them. As long as the minimum number of signatures required is met they can in be any combination of the two options.
If you have any questions about this process please do not hesitate to contact my office at 908-475-6211. We will be able to help you out.
- Candidates for any elected public office in the State of New Jersey
- Candidates engaging in “pre-candidacy” activity
- Treasurers of Political Committees
- Recall and Recall Defense Committees
- Continuing Political Committees
- Legislative Leadership Committees
- Political Party Committees under certain circumstances.
The following persons must file reports of their campaign financial activity: “Citizen” groups or other “Grassroots” movements
- Write-in candidates and school board candidates
- Individuals or groups making independent expenditures
Candidates running for federal office or for political party positions (county committee member, state committee member, or national party convention delegate) are not required under the jurisdiction of the Act.
- May Municipal
- Run Off
- School Board
- Fire Commission
- Special Elections