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This webpage contains general information pertaining to the upcoming 2021 Municipal Election. It outlines the role of the City Clerk as well as the responsibilities of candidates and campaign managers. In certain instances, the New Jersey State Statutes are provided. This webpage is intended to serve as a helpful reference. It is the responsibility of each candidate to be familiar with the laws governing local elections. In particular, each candidate is required to comply with the provisions of the New Jersey Campaign Contributions & Expenditures Reporting Act. Candidates are strongly encouraged to review the Compliance Manual for Candidates, 2021 Edition, produced by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. A copy of the Manual is available on this webpage. For further information, please visit the Commission’s website at www.elec.state.nj.us or contact the Election Law Enforcement Commission directly at (609) 292-8700. Candidates are also strongly encouraged to review Chapter 81 of the Jersey City Municipal Code governing advertising materials. A copy of Chapter 81 is also available on this webpage.

For the first time ever, as a consequence of the State of Emergency necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with Executive Order of the Governor #216, candidates will have the option of filing petitions electronically. Instructions on how to utilize this option are provided on this webpage as well.

Occasionally, questions may arise from time to time which may require a legal opinion. The information contained on this webpage is not intended to provide legal advice nor to be cited as the final authority over questions of electoral law. Should such questions arise, you should seek the guidance of an attorney.

All prospective candidates must make an appointment with the City Clerk’s Office to obtain the Application for Candidacy. Please call 201-547-5185 or email [email protected] to set up an appointment.