New Jersey

45% of 18-29 year olds voted in New Jersey in 2016*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be received by mail or completed in-person by October 13, 2020. Online voter registration in now available.

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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 New Jersey 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 2020 General Election is October 13, 2020. 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 2020 New Jersey Voter Information Portal, found here, for additional information.

This page was last updated for the 2020 Election.

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New Jersey offers absentee by-mail voting. Voters are encouraged to consider voting using this method in order to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19. In response to the pandemic, all registered New Jersey voters will receive a prepaid return-postage vote-by-mail ballot from their County Clerks (all of these ballots will be mailed out October 5, 2020). See more information about how elections have changed here. For Covid-19 Election Resources, click here.

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Vote-By-Mail Practices

Any registered voter in New Jersey may request an absentee ballot 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 p.m. the day before the election (November 2, 2020).
  • The deadline for your absentee ballot to be received by the Clerk’s office is before the close of polls on Election Day (8 pm on November 3, 2020) or postmarked by Election Day November 3, 2020 (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

New Jersey does not offer early in-person voting.

  • The 2020 General Election will primarily be conducted by mail (click here to find Secure Ballot Drop Box locations). Voters are encouraged to utilize this method to vote early (click here to track your ballot status).
  • Voters are able to vote early by returning their mail ballots early to a secure ballot drop box, by mail, or in-person to their Board of Elections office. There is not an in-person early voting period, and in-person voting will only be available on election day November 3, 2020.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.

  • There will be at least one polling location available in every municipality in the state. Because of pandemic precautions, each county will operate at least 50% of its normal polling location capacity. See more information here.

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.
  • Wearing a mask and observing social distancing is required. Please refer to the 2020 New Jersey Voter Information Portal, found here, for additional information.

This page was last updated for the 2020 Election.

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