Schedule of Elections
Primary Elections are 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 from 6:00 am to 8:00 p.m.
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 from 6:00 am to 8:00 p.m.
School Elections are held annually on the third Tuesday in April. They are non-partisan elections to elect members to the Boards of Education and to approve the proposed school budgets. You must be a registered voter in order to participate in school board elections. Polling hours vary in each school district, our district is open between the hours of 2:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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 Fairview Borough Clerk, or from the Commissioner of Registration office in Bergen County (see address below). 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:
Voter Registration Form
Deliver your completed Voter Registration Form to:
Superintendent of Elections & Commissioner of Registration
One Bergen County Plaza, Room 380
Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076
To apply for a Mail-In ballot
In New Jersey, any voter can now vote by Absentee Ballot for any election. You do not need a reason for an Absentee Ballot.
A voter may apply for a Mail-In ballot by completing a Mail-In Ballot Application (see below) and mailing the application to their County Clerk by mail up to 7 days prior to the election.
A voter may apply to the County Clerk in writing for a Mail-In ballot. Mail-In Ballot Applications are available at the County Clerk’s Election Division office or at the Fairview Borough Clerk’s Office. A Mail-In ballot application must be received in the County Clerk’s office (not postmarked) seven (7) days prior to Election Day by the close of business, but can be submitted at anytime prior to the deadline for an election in the calendar year. The ballot will be sent to the address you request. You can also print out an application form below and after entering the required data, mail it to the Bergen County Clerk’s Office.
You may also apply in person to the County Clerk up until 3:00 p.m. the day prior to the election. In the event of sickness or confinement, an authorized messenger may pick up a ballot for the voter, provided they are designated in writing (the bottom box of the application). An authorized messenger shall be a family member or a registered voter of Bergen County and shall place his/her signature on the application in the space provided in the presence of the County Clerk or his/her designee. If an emergent circumstance should arise after the 3:00 p.m. deadline, you may apply to a Judge for an order for the County Clerk to issue a ballot.
You can download an Absentee Ballot Application Form right here:
Absentee Ballot Application
Complete the form, and deliver your completed Mail-In Ballot Application to:
One Bergen County Plaza, Room 122
10 Main Street, Room 113
Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076
If you cannot sign your name due to illness or physical disability
If you are unable to sign your name exactly as it appears in the registry book because of illness or physical disability, you may indicate your mark with an “X” in the space provided for your signature. Your name should then be printed next to the “X” and the signature of a witness is required indicating the word “witness” next to their signature.
If you apply for a Mail-In ballot and do not receive one in the mail
If you have applied for a Mail-In ballot and did not receive one, you should contact the Bergen County Clerk’s Election Division within a reasonable time prior to the election so that they may have time to rectify the situation. Once a Mail-In ballot has been approved, a voter cannot vote at the polls.
Voting by Mail-In ballot if you are in the military
A military service voter need not be registered if he/she is otherwise qualified to vote and is:
- a member of the Armed Forces or a spouse/dependent of a member
- a patient in a veteran’s hospital
- a civilian attached to or service with the Armed Forces out of state or a spouse or dependent residing with or accompanying that person
You can obtain a military service Mail-In ballot application from the Fairview Borough Clerk, the Bergen County Clerk, or from the proper military personnel. You can also have a relative or friend make application for you.
Voter Registration and Mail-In Ballot Application forms are available below for downloading and viewing in Acrobat .PDF format. If you do not have the free Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer necessary to view .PDF files, you can download it here.