New Jersey Voting Quick Facts
Who Can Register to vote in New Jersey
Under federal law, if you move within 30 days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.
Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections.
The registrant must download the form and send the hard copy to the Commissioner of Registration. The registration deadline to vote at the next election is 21 days prior to election day.
To register to vote in the State of New Jersey, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
- You are a United States citizen,
- You will be 18 years of age by the next election,
- You are a resident of the county for 30 days before the election,
- You are NOT currently serving a sentence, probation or parole because of a felony conviction.
You are NOT eligible to register to vote if:
- You are serving a sentence or on parole or probation, as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law.
- If you were registered to vote before you were convicted, you must complete a new voter registration form once you have served your time.
- If you are a pre-trial detainee or on bail pending appeal, you do not lose your right to vote.
Note to voters
- If you are no longer serving a sentence, or no longer on parole or probation...,
you CAN vote in NJ by completing a new voter registration form.
- You only lose your right to vote while on parole, probation or serving a sentence due to a conviction for an indictable offense under any federal or state laws.
How Do I Register To Vote in New Jersey
A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election.
Click here to get the address and phone number for the board of registrars office in your county
A voter may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot
Click here to download the Mail-In Voter Registration Form
Voting at Your Designated Polling Location
Click here to view Agency-Based Voter Registration locations
Voting At The Polls On Election Day
WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING
Voting at Your Designated Polling Location
- To find your polling place, use our polling place search. If you did not provide identification to the county commissioner of registration or if the identification information could not be verified (i.e., your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number), YOU MUST SHOW IDENTIFICATION AT THE POLLING PLACE WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE.
Identification may include, but not limited to, any Current and Valid Photo ID:
- NJ driver's license, Military or other Government ID, Student or Job ID, Store Membership Card, United States Passport,
- Or Bank statement, Car registration, Government check or document, Non-photo NJ driver's license, Rent receipt, Sample Ballot, Utility bill, or any other official document
If you show identification, you will vote in the voting machine.
Vote by Mail Ballot
- A voter may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot (listed below) and returning the application to their County Clerk. To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election.
If you do not show identification, you will vote by provisional ballot and have until the close of business on the second day after the election to provide identification to the applicable county election office. You will be given a hand-out at the polling place that will tell you which county election office to contact.
To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election.
A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election
The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of a Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required.
Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in New Jersey
Both Democrats and Republicans hold Closed Primaries
Only voters affiliated with a particular party may vote in its primary. However, newly registered voters participating in their first New Jersey primary may choose and register with the party of their choice at the polls.
Can I declare my party affiliation at the polls?
You can declare your party affiliation at the polls when you go to vote in your first Primary Election. After that, you may change your party affiliation 55 days before a primary election.
Click here for additional information
Who Can Vote Absentee in New Jersey
What If My Address Has Changed
Voting for College Students
- College students register to vote in New Jersey by following the standard application process: every prospective voter must submit a voter registration application.
- If you are in college, you have the option to register from your college address or your parent's address. There are good reasons for registering and voting at either residence, but keep in mind, the final choice is yours.
- The registration deadline to vote is 21 days prior to Election Day
- You will receive a sample ballot about 1 week before the election that will indicate where your polling place is or you can use our polling place locator.
- If you moved to New Jersey from another state, you must register to vote in New Jersey to be able to vote. The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is twenty-one days before the election.
- If you moved from out of state, you are only eligible to vote if you have been a resident of New Jersey and of your county for at least thirty days prior to the day of the election in which you want to vote. But under federal law, if you move within thirty days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.
- If you moved to a new address within the same county, you should submit a signed written request to your election commissioner or appear in person at the commissioner or municipal clerk office to update your registration record. If you moved to a new address in a different county, you should complete a new registration form to update your registration records. That form is available here: http://www.njelections.org/voter-registration-application.html
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