New Jersey

67% of 18-29 year olds voted in New Jersey in 2020*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be received by mail or completed in-person by October 12, 2021 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.

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Check Registration Status

Check your New Jersey voter registration status here.

 

Eligibility

In order to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 17 years old (must be 18 years old on Election Day to vote), and a resident of the New Jersey county in which you wish to vote for 30 days.

  • You cannot register to vote if you are serving a sentence of incarceration as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense. See more information here.
  • College students may choose to register to vote at either their home address OR at their college address. See more information here.

Deadline

The deadline to register by mail or in-person for the 2021 General Election is October 12, 2021. New Jersey does not have same-day voter registration.

Voter Registration Process

There are three primary methods of registering to vote in New Jersey: mailing in a printable application, registering to vote online, or in-person registration. Each county has a separate paper voter registration application form, click here to find your county.

  • New Jersey practices automatic voter registration.
  • Further voter registration information for New Jersey can be found here.
  • Please refer to the New Jersey Voter Information Portal, found here, for additional information.

This page was last updated on August 9, 2021.

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New Jersey offers vote-by-mail and early in-person voting. Voters are encouraged to consider voting using one of these methods in order to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

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Vote-By-Mail Practices

Any registered voter in New Jersey may request to vote-by-mail, and is not required to provide a reason. Click here to find your county’s vote by mail application.

  • The application to vote by mail must be received by the County Clerk seven days before the election. You can also apply in person to the county clerk until 3:00 p.m. the day before the election (November 1, 2021).
  • The deadline for your absentee ballot to be received by the Clerk’s office is before the close of polls on Election Day (8pm on November 2, 2021) or postmarked by Election Day (and received by your County Board of Elections no later than 48 hours after the time of the closing of the polls for the election).
  • Further absentee voting information for New Jersey is listed here.

Early Voting

For the first time, New Jersey voters will have the opportunity to vote early. During a 9-day period prior to Election Day, registered New Jersey voters can vote on a voting machine in a county designated early voting site.

Early voting sites will utilize electronic poll books instead of traditional paper voter poll books. Electronic poll books will allow a voter to visit any early voting site in the county they are registered to vote.

  • Early voting in New Jersey will begin on Saturday October 23, 2021 until Sunday October 31, 2021. Early voting sites will be open from 10am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sundays. Find your polling place here.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.

  • In-person polling locations were severely limited for the 2020 General Election due to restrictions regarding COVID-19. This may be different for the 2021 General Election. Please continue to check this page for updates.

Election Day Practices

On Election Day, the polls are open 6 am-8 pm.

  • If your voter registration information is current and accurate, you do not require identification for voting. If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide verification with your registration application, you will be asked to provide identification (NJ driver’s license, US passport, bank statement, utility bill, or any other official document). See more information here.
  • In-person voting is done by paper ballot, provisional ballot, or by voting machine (for people with disabilities). If you choose to go to your designated polling place, you must bring your completed ballot with you (otherwise you will vote on a provisional paper ballot). Further New Jersey voting information can be found here.
  • The state has not yet made a decision regarding the scale of in-person voting at polling locations for the 2021 General Election. The state posts Covid related updates here.

This page was last updated on August 9, 2021.

Questions? Contact us here.