Petitions for Candidacy

Petitions for Candidacy:

In order to be a candidate on the election ballot, a candidate must file a petition.

Please be advised: Governor Phil Murphy recently signed Executive Order No. 216, which changed the petition requirements for the upcoming 2021 elections occurring during the State Public Health Emergency:

In addition to the statutory in-person collection of hand-written signatures, the Executive Order permits electronic collection of signatures via an online petition form on the State Division of Elections website at The Executive Order also allows candidate petitions to be submitted by hand delivery and electronically.

For more information about the petition changes, please read Clerk Hanlon’s press release by clicking here.

To watch tutorial videos from the State Division of Elections regarding the electronic petitions, please click the following topics:

  • Tutorial 1: How to Download an Electronic Petition
  • Tutorial 2: How a Petition Signer Completes an Electronic Petition
  • Tutorial 3: How to Return Petitions Electronically

For County and School Board: candidates must obtain and file petitions with the Monmouth County Clerk.  Petitions for county offices must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on the 64th day prior to the Primary Election. Petitions for school board must be filed by 4:00 p.m. the last Monday in July.

For Municipal: candidates must obtain and file petitions with their Municipal Clerk. Petitions for partisan municipal offices must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on the 64th day prior to the Primary Election.

In partisan offices, successful candidates from the Primary Election advance to the General Election ballot in their party columns.

Independent candidates must file Direct Nomination petitions with the County Clerk by 4:00 p.m. on Primary Election day.

For Non-Partisan Municipal Offices: candidates must obtain forms and information from their Municipal Clerk. The following municipalities are non-partisan: Allenhurst Borough, Asbury Park City, Avon Borough, Bradley Beach Borough, Deal Borough, Highlands Borough, Keansburg Borough, Loch Arbour Village, Long Branch City, Monmouth Beach Borough, Ocean Township and Tinton Falls Borough

State Offices:  Candidates for State Office must obtain and file petitions with the New Jersey Division of Elections.

For further information contact:

Monmouth County Clerk’s Office

Judith D. Ricci
300 Halls Mill Road, Freehold NJ 07728