New Jersey | Voting Guide
Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day
Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline: May 17
Primary Election: June 7
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 18
General Election: November 8
Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home
Students have a decision about where to register to vote.
You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
New Jersey’s voter registration form asks for your New Jersey driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
Most New Jersey voters do not need to show ID at the polls in order to vote. However, if you are a first-time voter who registered to vote by mail without providing either your New Jersey driver’s license number, non-driver ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number, you will need to show valid ID before voting. Acceptable forms of ID include:
A New Jersey driver’s license or other state-issued ID;
A U.S. passport;
A military or other government ID;
A student or job ID;
A store membership card (like a Costco card); or
A bank statement, paycheck, car registration, rent receipt, sample ballot, government document, or utility bill.
Where Do I Vote?
How Can I Vote?
If you submit your application to vote by mail to your county clerk by mail, the county clerk must recieve it at least seven days before Election Day
A voter may also apply in person at the county clerk's office until 3:00pm the day before the election
Your ballot must be postmarked no later than the day of election, and the County Board of Elections must receive it no later than 144 hours after the close of polls on Election Day. Mail ballots that do not bear a postmark will count if they are received no later than 48 hours after the close of polls on Election Day.
Early in-person voting is offered at the following times prior to an election (contact your county Board of Elections for early voting locations):
Non-Presidential Primary: 2-4 days before Election Day
Presidential Primary: 2-6 days before Election Day
General Election: 2-10 days before Election Day
Voting sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, you have the right to vote.
Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:
Federal Financial Aid
Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.
Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.
Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.
Will registering to vote in New Jersey affect my driver’s license or car registration?
Registering to vote in New Jersey may require you to update your driver’s licenses and car registration. For more information, contact the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed new Jersey legal professional.
Last updated June 2021