New Jersey | Voting Guide

 
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Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day

 

2021

  • First day of in-person Early Voting for General Election: October 23

  • Last day of in-person Early Voting for General Election: October 21

  • General Election: November 2

 
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Official Election Websites

Election information available at https://nj.gov/state/elections/indev.shtml


Online voter registration available at https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/register


Mail-in voter registration available at https://nj.gov/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml


 
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Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

 

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.

 

You may only be registered and vote in one location. If you are registered in one location, you cannot register in another location just because you want to participate in an election in the second location. Generally, voter registration is based on where you identify as your current residence.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Check your voter registration and your absentee ballot status, look up your voting site and hours at: https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote.shtml

 
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How Can I Vote?

By Mail


All New Jersey voters may vote by mail. An application is available online at: https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/vote-by-mail.shtml

  • 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


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


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.


 
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Common Questions/Concerns

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.


Tuition Status

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