You can register to vote in New Jersey if you are:
- A citizen of the United States (includes those born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
- A resident of New Jersey and your county and at your address at least 30 days before the election.
- 18 years of age by the time of the next election
- Not serving a jail sentence or be on parole or probation as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States.
- Not declared mentally incompetent by a court.
Voter registration forms are available online in multiple languages. Choose your county (or a statewide form for additional language options), and that form will have the local Board of Election address pre-printed on the form. No postage is necessary to mail the form.
To request that a voter registration form be mailed to you, call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837). Indicate your county and you’ll be connected to the appropriate office.
You may also submit your voter application form at the Department of Motor Vehicles, either in person or on its website if you already have DMV-issued identification.
The registration deadline to vote in the next election in New Jersey is 21 days prior to Election Day. In the case of the upcoming General Election on Nov. 6, that deadline is Oct. 16, 2018 in New Jersey.
Find information about voting by mail here. To receive a ballot by mail, your application to vote by mail must be received by the County Clerk office 12 days prior to the election, or you can go to the office in person until 3 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2018 for the General Election. You can pick up your application and leave your ballot in-person on same day if you like.
How to Make Changes to Your Voter Registration Status
If you have changed your name or New Jersey address, submit a new voter registration application to the Commissioners of Registration office in your county, by mail or in-person.
A registered voter currently affiliated with a political party who wishes to change party affiliation must file a Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form at least 55 days before a primary election. Information and forms in multiple languages are found here.
How Do I Vote?
If you are already registered to vote, you can vote at your polling place on General Election Day (Nov. 6, 2018), or you can vote by mail (absentee ballot).
Find information about voting by mail here. To receive a ballot by mail, your application to vote by mail must be received by the County Clerk office 12 days prior to the election or you can go to the office in person until 3 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2018 for the General Election. You can pick up your application and leave your ballot in-person on same day if you like.
Vote by mail (absentee ballot) deadlines:
Oct. 25, 2018: Last day the County Clerk office will accept vote-by-mail ballots.
Nov. 5, 2018: Last day to apply in-person for vote-by-mail.
Nov. 6, 2018: Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local Board of Elections no later than Nov. 8.
Where Do I Vote
To vote in-person, you must go to your local polling place. To find yours, enter your details at this poll-locater page.
If an identifier on your voter registration form was not verifiable, you may be asked at a polling station to provide a form of ID.
For the General Election in New Jersey, the polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Who Represents Me in the U.S. Congress?
The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate collectively form the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. One way to find out who represents you is the search tool on whoismyrepresentative.com. To see for who represents your particular voting district, enter your zip code on the site. Select New Jersey to search for all Congresspeople representing that state.
The results show your representatives, each with their photograph, name and political party. All have a link that leads to their Washington, D.C. phone number and mailing address and their own website.
To find out who represents you in the New Jersey Senate and New Jersey General Assembly, see the New Jersey State Legislature.