A nominating petition is the document that candidates complete to get their name on the ballot. For the Nov. 3 school elections, nominating petitions must be submitted to the County Clerk.

The list below provides addresses in each county where candidates should return their nominating petitions. State law requires that all school-board nominating petitions for the November election be delivered to the appropriate county clerk by 4 p.m. on July 31, 2017.

Important Notice for School Board Candidates Regarding Nominating Petitions

On March 31, 2014, the Honorable Mary Jacobson, A.J.S.C., Assignment Judge of Mercer County, issued an opinion and order in the case of Empower Our Neighborhood, et al. v. Guadagno, et al. The order states, in part, that a circulator for school board nomination petitions is not required to be a registered voter or resident of the jurisdiction of the candidate, but must otherwise be eligible to vote in New Jersey.

County clerks, municipalities and school district business administrators were notified by the Attorney General’s office of the need to change the school board nomination petitions by 4/30/14 to comply with the March 31 ruling.

Below is a link to NJSBA’s revised sample petition and a link to the Attorney General’s ruling.  Please contact your county clerk’s office to verify if the attached sample petition will be accepted.  If not, contact your county clerk for instructions on obtaining a nominating petition and verify that the county’s petition reflects the change in language required by the March 31, 2014 ruling.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Marie Smith, administrative assistant, NJSBA Communications Department at amsmith@njsba.org.

Sample Nominating Peitition

Attorney Generals’ Ruling

Atlantic

Location: Atlantic County Clerk’s Office, 5901 Main Street, Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact information: (609) 625-4011

Bergen

Location: Bergen County Clerk Election Division, One Bergen County Plaza, Room 130, Hackensack, NJ  07601

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact information: (201) 336-7020

Burlington

Location: Burlington County Clerk, Courts Facility, 1st Floor, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly, NJ  08060

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact information: (609) 265-5229

Camden

Location: Camden County Clerk, County Courthouse, Room 102, 520 Market St., Camden, NJ  08102 (Mailing address: Office of the Camden County Clerk, PO Box 150, Camden, NJ  08101)

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact information: (856) 225-7219 or via mail

Cape May

Location: Cape May County Clerk, 7 N. Main St. (US Route 9), Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; 9:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday prior to each election

Contact information: (609) 465-1013 or via email

Cumberland

Location: Cumberland County Clerk, County Courthouse, 60 W. Broad St., Bridgeton NJ  08302

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact information: (856) 453-4860 or via email

Essex

Location: Essex County Clerk Election Division, Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Blvd., Room 246, Newark, NJ  07102

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact information: (973) 387-7311, ext. 7312 or via email

Gloucester

Location: Gloucester County Clerk’s Office, Board of Elections Building, 550 Grove Road, West Deptford, NJ 08086

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact information: (856) 384-4531 or via email

Hudson

Location: Hudson County Clerk Election Division, Hudson County Plaza, 257 Cornelison Avenue, 4th Floor, Jersey City, NJ  07302

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact information:  (201) 369-3470, option 6

Hunterdon

Location: Hunterdon County Clerk’s Office, 71 Main St., Hall of Records Bldg., Flemington, NJ 08822-2900

Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Some Saturdays – call for hours

Contact information:  (908) 788-1214 or via email

Mercer

Location: Mercer County Clerk’s Office Election Division, 209 S. Broad St., 2nd Floor, Room 202, Trenton, NJ  08608

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact information: (609) 989-6494 or 6495

Middlesex

Location:  Middlesex County Clerk Election Division, 75 Bayard St., 4th Floor Elections, New Brunswick, NJ  08901

Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Contact information:  (732) 745-4202 or via email or (732) 745-4364 or via email

Monmouth

Location:  Monmouth County Clerk Election Division, 300 Halls Mill Road, Freehold, NJ 07728

Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact information:  (732) 431-7790

Morris

Location: Morris County Courthouse, Administration and Records Building, 10 Court St., Morristown, NJ  07960

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact information: (973) 285-6066 or via email

Ocean

Locations: Ocean County Clerk’s Office, County Courthouse, 118 Washington St., Toms River, NJ  08753 or Ocean County Southern Service Office, 179 Main St., Manahawkin, NJ  08050

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact information: (732) 929-2153 for the main office and (609) 597-1500 for the Southern Service Office, or via email

Passaic

Location: Passaic County Clerk’s Office, Election Division, 401 Grant St., Room 130, Paterson , NJ 07505

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact information: (973) 881-4127

Salem

Location: Salem County Clerk’s Office, 110 Fifth Street, Suite 200, Salem, NJ  08079-1062

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact information: (856) 935-7510, ext. 8208 or via email

Somerset

Location: Somerset County Clerk’s Office, 20 Grove St., PO Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876-1262

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact information: (908) 231-7013 or radi@co.somerset.nj.us

Sussex

Location: Sussex County Clerk’s Office, Election Division, 83 Spring St., Suite 304, Newton, NJ 07860

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact information: (973) 579-0900, ext. 1501

Union

Location: Union County Clerk’s Office, 2 Broad Street, Room 113, Elizabeth, NJ  07201-2299

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact information: (908) 527-4996 or via email

Warren

Location: Warren County Courthouse, 413 Second St., Belvidere, NJ 07823
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact information: (908) 475-6211 or via email