Ballots Can Be Rejected
The security features of the Mail-in Ballot can confuse voters causing their ballots not to count. Learn how to avoid these mistakes.
Top Reason for Rejection
Why didn't the Ballot Cure Act eliminate rejections due to "Signature Does Not Match?"
We still have too many ballot rejections due to signature mismatch and signature missing, both instances where voters would be allowed to provide an updated signature and get their ballots counted. Many voters declined to return their Cure Forms expressing “Well, it doesn’t matter because the election is already over.” However, these same voters may have future Mail-in ballots rejected because they failed to provide an updated signature to use for signature comparison in future elections. If you receive a Cure Form, be sure to return the form with your updated signature.
It is still a small percentage of all votes cast
Millions of New Jersey voted by mail for the first time in 2020 – 93.5% of all votes were cast by mail-in ballot. The highest prior to 2020, was 16.7% in 2019 General Election. For voters who were voting using this method for the first time meant that many costly mistakes were made by voters driving the rejection rate much higher than we have experienced historically.