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Register to Vote in New Jersey

How to Register to vote in New Jersey

This article describes How to Register to Vote in New Jersey. You can register to vote by mail in New Jersey by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Register to Vote in New Jersey In-person voter registration

 Who can vote

  • To register in New Jersey you must be a citizen of the United States
  • be at least 17 years old (you must be 18 to vote)
  • be a resident of the State and county 30 days before the election
  • not be currently serving a sentence, probation or parole because of a felony conviction

Register to Vote in New Jersey By-mail voter registration

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: The last four digits of your Social Security number OR your New Jersey driver’s license number is required for voter registration. If you do not possess either of these identifications, please write “NONE” on the form. The State will assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes.
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: New Jersey requires that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 16.

 Military and overseas voters register to vote in New Jersey

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in New Jersey.

 Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using New Jersey’s voter registration lookup tool.

 Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 16.

Click here to view How to Register to Vote in Other States.

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