New Jersey | Voting Guide
Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day
General Election Registration Deadline: October 13
General Election: November 3
Official Election Websites
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.
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?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all registered New Jersey voters will be mailed an absentee ballot
You can return your absentee ballot by mail, by dropping it off in a secure ballot box, by dropping it off to a poll worker at a polling place on Election Day. You also have the option to vote in person on Election Day
Contact your local Board of Elections for the location of secure ballot boxes in your county.
Mailed ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and received by your County Board of Elections by November 10
For more information about voting options for the November 3 general election at https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/reopening-guidance-and-restrictions/what-voting-options-are-available-to-new-jerseyans-this-november-how-have-elections-moved-or-changed-in-new-jersey-because-of-covid-19
Your ballot must be postmarked on or before November 3, and the County Board of Elections must receive it by November 10
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 October 2020