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New Jersey Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
By Mail:
Postmarked by Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Election Dates:
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 (Special School Board Election)
NJ Department of State
225 West State Street
5th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone:
609-292-3760
Fax:
609-777-1280

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in New Jersey you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • 17 years old, but must be 18 in order to vote in an election
  • A resident of the county for 30 days before the election

You are not eligible to register to vote if you are serving a jail sentence or are on parole or probation as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law or have been adjudged mentally incompetent. However, in New Jersey, ex-felons can register to vote. Any person who is no longer in prison, or has completed his or her term of probation or parole can register to vote.

ID Needed for Voter Registration

If you registered to vote by mail in your county after January 1, 2003 and have never voted in a federal election in the county, you are required to provide your county commissioner of registration with identification. If you registered by mail before January 1, 2003, you are not required to show identification to register.

If you did not provide identification to the county commissioner of registration or if the identification information could not be verified (i.e., your drivers'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.

Acceptable Identification includes:

  • 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
  • Any other official document

 

ID Needed for Voting?

Identification is not required unless you are a first time voter who registered by mail and did not provide ID verification with application. If you registered to vote by mail in your county after January 1, 2003, and never voted in a federal election in the county, you are required to provide your county commissioner of registration with identification.

Acceptable Identification includes current and valid ID such as:

  • 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
  • Any other official document

Every person registering to vote must provide his or her NJ driver's licensenumber or MVC non-driver ID number. If the registrant does not have either a driver's license or MVC ID, the last four numbers of his or her socialsecurity number must be provided. These numbers will be verified by theNew Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. The registrant will be notified if the numbers cannot be matched. If the registrant does not have a driver's license, a MVC non-driver ID or social security number can be entered into that box on the registration form.

If you show identification, you will vote via the voting machine. If you do not show identification, you will vote via 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.

Registration Deadline

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!

The registration deadline to vote is 21 days prior to Election Day.

Evening registration is available please check with your in the commissioner of registration for dates and times.

Registration forms are also available in various State agencies and at Division of Motor Vehicle offices and can be obtained while transacting agency business.

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration status, please utilize your state resource. For more information contact your local elections official.

Absentee Ballot Process

In New Jersey, you can vote by mail ballot for any election. You do not need a reason for a vote by mail ballot. You may apply for a vote by mail ballot by completing an vote by mail ballot application and mailing the application to your county clerk. The application must be received by the County Clerk seven days before the election.

You 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 copies of an vote by mail ballot application unless you are a Military or Overseas voter, since an original signature is required.

If you applied for a vote by mail ballot and were required to show identification, you should have received a request for identification in your vote by mail ballot material. The identification requirement, however, does not apply to any vote by mail voter who receives a ballot because of temporary illness or a temporary or permanent disability or any absentee military or overseas civilian voter.

Vote by mail ballots must be received by the Board of Election by the close of the polls on election day.

If you have any questions, you can call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837).

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request a vote by mail ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Early Voting

In person absentee voting is allowed and no excuse is required. Early voting begins 45 days before the election and ends at 3pm the day before the election.

Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, October 2, 2018 (Special School Board Election). The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in New Jersey:

  • You must be registered to vote in New Jersey
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • Political affiliation generally required
  • You must be a resident of the county
  • You must complete required training every 2 years
  • Students 16 or older who meet all other voter requirements may be appointed if they are enrolled in high school and have a written note from a parent or if they graduated from high school and have passed a general education development test

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

Polls are open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Time Off To Vote

Time off to vote is subject to the employer. New Jersey state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

Provisional ballots are paper ballots that are used at the polling place on election day under the following circumstances:

  • If your registration information is missing or is incomplete in the poll book
  • You moved from your registered address to another in the same county and did not notify your local election officials
  • You did not provide the required ID information on your registration form or you're a first time registrant by mail in New Jersey and your ID numbers could not be verified and you did not show ID to the poll workers at the polling place.
  • There is a marking in the poll book that you applied for an absentee ballot but you did not apply for one, you applied for one but did not receive it, or you received it but did not return it
  • If you vote a provisional ballot because you did not provide the proper ID you have until the close of business on the second day after the election to provide your county commissioner of registration with the required ID information for your provisional ballot to count. You will be given instructions at your polling place on where to bring the ID.

Voting Machines

The voting system used in New Jersery is DRE.

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.

There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.

Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. And some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.

You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

Most polling places in New Jersey are accessible to voters with disabilities. You may call your county board of elections to determine if your polling location will be able to meet your specific needs. However, if you are permanently disabled, unable to go to the polls to vote, or wish to receive information on an absentee ballot, you may check a box in the lower left hand corner of the voter registration form and information will be forwarded to you. For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.


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