Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day
Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline: May 16
Primary Election: June 6
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 17
General Election: November 7
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?
New Jersey does not require voters to show ID to vote.
Where Do I Vote?
Make a plan. Check your voter registration and your absentee ballot status, look up your voting site and hours at: nj.gov/state/elections/vote.shtml
How Can I Vote?
All registered New Jersey voters may vote by mail. A printable PDF application to be filled out and returned to your county clerk is available online at: state.nj.us/state/elections/vote-by-mail.shtml.
If you submit your mail ballot request form to your county clerk by mail, the county clerk must receive 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 Election Day.
Completed mail ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before 8:00pm on Election Day and received no later than 6 days after Election Day. They can also be delivered in person to your county election official or to a secure drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Any registered voter may vote early in person. For additional information and early voting dates and hours, visit: nj.gov/state/elections/vote-early-voting.shtml. Contact your county election official for information about early voting locations.
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?
As a full-time student in New Jersey, you may be required to make changes to your driver’s license and car registration, regardless of whether you register to vote there. For more information, you may wish to 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 April 2023