The Borough of Highlands holds 2 elections each year. The election dates are as follows:
- Primary Election: held the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in June.
- General Election and School Board – held the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November.
- Polls are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
LOCAL CANDIDATE PETITIONS
The Clerk certifies Candidate Nominating Petitions for the General Election. The Petition filing deadline is 64 days prior to the General Election. Upon certifying these petitions to the Monmouth County Clerk of Elections the Candidates are placed on the ballot for the General. The Petitions are available in the Township Clerks Office for review during normal business hours.
Ready to run for a local office? Find all you need to know here 2021 Candidate Petition Packet.
Am I eligible to register to vote?
The registration deadline to vote at the next election is 21 days prior to election day. To register to vote in you must be:
- 18 years old by the next election
- Resident of the county for 30 days before the election
- United States citizen
You are not eligible to register to vote if you are serving a sentence or are on parole or probation, as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law or have adjudged mentally incompetent.
Change of Address
You must complete the Voter Registration Form and check the appropriate space for address change. Change of address only applies if you have moved within the county the voter was currently registered. If a voter moves to another county, the voter must register as a new voter.
The changes or new registrations deadline to vote at the next election is 21 days prior to Election Day.
A registered voter desiring to affiliate with a party or change their party affiliation must file a Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form 55 days before an election. Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form or Party Declaration Information is provided by the State Division of Elections
As a registered voter, you have voter’s rights. These rights are a privilege of our democracy and are not to be violated by anyone involved in the voting and election process. Click here for more information from the State Division of Elections.
In New Jersey, any voter can now vote via Absentee Ballot for any election. You do not need to state a reason for an Absentee Ballot. A completed Absentee Ballot may be sent to the Monmouth County Clerk up to 7 days prior to the election by mail or delivered in person at the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office until 3 p.m., the day before the election. The County Clerk cannot accept faxed copies of an Absentee Ballot Application since an original signature is required. Mail-in Applications are provided by the State Division of Elections. Information is also provided by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office at Monmouth County Votes.
Vote By Mail
Any voter may apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Authorized Messenger. Messenger shall be a family member or a registered voter of this County. No Authorized Messenger can (1) be a Candidate in the election for which the voter is requesting a Mail-In Ballot or (2) serve as messenger for more than THREE qualified voters per election, except that an authorized messenger or bearer may serve as such for up to five qualified voters in an election if those voters are immediate family members residing in the same household as the messenger or bearer.”
- Districts 1 & 2 vote at the Highlands Firehouse at 17-1 Shore Dr.
- Districts 3 & 4 vote at the VFW Post 6902 at 331 Bay Ave.