Registration Deadline: The registration deadline to vote is 21 days prior to Election Day.
Party Affiliation: A registered voter currently affiliated with a political party who wishes to change their party affiliation must file a Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form 55 days before a Primary Election. A registered voter currently not affiliated with a political party may declare their party affiliation up to and including Primary Election day.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be 18 years old by the next election
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of the county for 30 days before the election
Mental Competency: New Jersey has no mental competency standards in regards to voting.
Voting Rights of Ex-Felons in New Jersey
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. If you have any questions, contact your County Commissioner of Registration.
-If you are a pre-trial detainee or on bail pending appeal, you do not lose your right to vote.
ID Requirements: In order to register you must provide:
-NJ driver's license number;
-MVC Non-driver ID number;
-Last four numbers of your social security number;
If you have none of the above you must provide a COPY of a current and valid photo ID, or a document with your name and current address on it to avoid having to provide identification at the polling place.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
In person: Applications for registration can be obtained from the Commissioner of Registration office in the County where you live.
By mail/ in writing: You can also print a registration application and after entering required data, mail it to the Commissioners of Registration office in the county where you reside. In addition, this form can be used for name and address changes.
By fax: The Commissioners of Registration cannot accept faxed copies or an electronic transmission of a voter registration form since an original signature is required.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: No excuse is needed to vote vote by mail (absentee voting).
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Download a county specific vote by mail application.
In person: A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m. the day before the elections
By mail: Mail your applications to your Commissioners of Registration office.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: Your vote by mail ballot must be received by the County Board of Elections no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Early voting qualifications: Early voting is available through vote by mail.
Verifying Registration: New Jersey voter registration verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Polling Place: New Jersey polling place finder
ID Requirements: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:
- Driver’s license
- Student or job ID
- Military or other government ID
- Store membership ID
- United States passport
- Bank statement
- Car registration
- Government check or document
- Non-photo driver’s license
- Rent receipt
- Sample ballot
- Utility bill
- or any other official document
How to Vote: Voter Rights and Accessibility Information
Getting your vote counted: View your Voter bill of Rights.
Verifying provisional ballot status: After the election, you can call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837) to find out if your ballot was counted. If your ballot was not counted, you can find out why it was rejected.
Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your local Commissioner of Elections for more information.