Research Library Spotlight: Information for New Jersey Voters

 

The State Library is here to help you find information you need to vote in New Jersey!  A great place to start is the Voter Resources: New Jersey Research Guide available on the State Library’s website.  This resource includes information about upcoming elections in New Jersey, how to find your elected officials, links to absentee ballots for non-permanent residents of New Jersey, and additional voter resources for U.S. Citizens.  For more information on voting in New Jersey, please keep reading!

Who Can Register to vote?

To register in New Jersey, you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • At least 17 years old, though you may not vote until you have reached the age of 18
  • A resident of the county for 30 days before the election
  • A person NOT currently serving a sentence, probation, or parole because of a felony conviction

The registrant must complete a Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form.  Paper forms are available at the Law Library Reference Desk, or online.  Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for your county.

The registration deadline to vote is 21 days prior to Election Day (October 15, 2019 this year, general election date is November 5). 

If you are in college, you have the option to register from your college address or your home address. There are good reasons for registering and voting at either residence, but keep in mind, the final choice is yours.

You may check to see if you are already registered to vote or for your polling place.  You may also find your election officials by county or volunteer as a poll worker.

What about Returning Citizens?

If you are no longer serving a sentence, or no longer on parole or probation…, you CAN vote in NJ by completing a new voter registration form. If you have any questions, contact your County Commissioner of Registration.

What about if you are in the military?

There is an entire webpage of information for military voters in New Jersey or from New Jersey.

You will receive a sample ballot about 1 week before the election that will indicate where your polling place is or you can use our polling place locator.

Is vote by mail available?

Yes, you can vote by mail.  The link provides complete information, including where to contact your county specifically.

Do I need to show identification when I vote?

If you did not provide identification to the county commissioner of registration or if the identification information could not be verified (i.e., your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number), YOU MAY BE ASKED TO SHOW IDENTIFICATION AT THE POLLING PLACE WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE.

Identification may include, but is not limited to, any current and valid photo ID:

NJ driver’s license, military or other government ID, student or job ID, store membership card, United States passport, bank statement, car registration, government check or document, non-photo NJ driver’s license, rent receipt, sample ballot, utility bill, or any other official document. If you show identification, you will vote in the voting machine.

What are my rights as a voter in New Jersey?

New Jersey has a webpage dedicated to explaining your voter rights.    This information is in English, Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

 

SLIC staff at the Reference Desk and Law Library are happy to answer any additional questions you may have about voting in New Jersey.  For more information please contact us.