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With elections coming in the not too far distant future, it is important to understand voting laws in New Jersey and How to get registered if you aren’t already. Below we have listed all the information you’ll need to make sure your vote is counted.

How To Register:

Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections.

The Vote By Mail Ballot Application needs to be mailed or delivered to the County Clerks Office in the county where you reside.

The registrant must down load the form and send the hard copy to the Commissioner of Registration. The registration deadline to vote at the next election is 21 days prior to election day.

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Where To Register:

Applications for registration can be obtained from the Division of Elections, the Commissioners of Registration office in the County where you live or from your Municipal Clerk.

Registration forms are also available at Division of Motor Vehicle offices. You can also register to vote at the same time you are applying for assistance or service at the following agencies:

  • NJ Medical Assistance & Health Servises Program
  • WIC (Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infant & Children)
  • Work First NJ Programs
  • Division of Developmental Disabilities
  • Office of Disability Services – Department of Human Services – Public Offices
  • Armed Forces of the United States Recruitment Offices
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services – Department of Labor
  • Commission of the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • County Welfare Agency or County Board of Social Services

You can also print a registration application and after entering required data, mail it to the Commissioners of Registration office in the county where you reside. In addition, this form can be used for name and address changes.

The Commissioners of Registration cannot accept faxed copies or an electronic transmission of a voter registration form since an original signature is required.

The registrant must down load the form and send the hard copy to the Commissioner of Registration. The registration deadline to vote at the next election is 21 days prior to election day.

2012 Primary Election Evening Deadline Registration Hours

Should I Bring ID On Election Day?

You do not have to provide ID to vote in NJ unless you did not provide identification information when you registered or if you are a first time registrant by mail in New Jersey and the identification information you gave could not be verified (i.e., your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number). If you are not sure if any of these situations apply to you then you should bring ID.

What Is An Acceptable Identifying Document?

An identifying document may include, but is not limited to:

Any valid and current photo ID:

NJ driver’s license

Military or other Government ID

Student or Job ID

Store Membership Card

Any current document with your name and address on it:

Bank statement

Pay check

Car registration

Rent receipt

Sample Ballot

Government check or document

Utility bill

Non-photo NJ driver’s license

What Should I Wear On Election Day?

New Jersey law prohibits voters from displaying campaign buttons or campaign clothing, such as hats or t-shirts, in polling places. Polling places are considered “protected zones” beginning from 100-feet outside the entrance of each polling place and extending into the polling room where the voting machine is located. Any person who enters a polling place wearing a campaign button or campaign clothing will be asked to remove, cover up or turn the clothing inside out.


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