Voting in New Jersey

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Presidential Primary Election

06/04/2024
Election Date
05/14/2024
Voter Registration Deadline (by mail - received, in-person, online)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

05/28/2024
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
06/04/2024
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

Early Voting Dates

05/31/2024
Early Voting Begins
06/02/2024
Early Voting Ends

The upcoming election is a presidential primary. Learn About Presidential Primaries

Polling place hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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How to Vote in New Jersey

Learn about all the options to vote in New Jersey to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

New Jersey Board of Elections Phone Number: (609) 292-3760

New Jersey Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in New Jersey

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

New Jersey Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! You can check your voter registration online on New Jersey’s elections office website here, or you can contact the Board of Elections at 1-877-658-6837.

It can take several weeks. Most states send out voter registration cards within 5 to 7 weeks after receiving the registration. If you do not receive a registration card in the mail, contact your state election office to confirm you are registered. Find your state’s contact information in our How to Vote in Your State section on this page! In any event, you should verify your registration a week prior to the voter registration deadline in your state in case you need to fill out a new registration form or correct your form.

Elections take place all the time throughout the year, and odds are, you probably have an election coming up in your state! In addition to the presidential election and midterm elections, you have statewide, countywide and municipal elections that you can make your voice heard in. Make sure you know when your upcoming elections are so that you don’t miss a single one! Check out when your next election is here.

Your state provides an online ballot tracking system. You can track your ballot here!

YES you are able to register to vote at your student address. You should provide your official campus mailing address as well as the actual physical address of your on or off campus residence when registering to vote. If this is your first time voting, you must have some sort of proof of address and residency that can be presented at your polling place (mail, a student ID, etc.). For more information, we suggest visiting your state’s elections office website. Remember: you can only register to vote and vote in one place, whether that is your student address or your home address!

YES, unhoused voters can register to vote and use their voice in New Jersey’s elections. Unhoused voters or voters without a permanent address may list a shelter address, street corner, or park as their address. For more information on voting while unhoused, visit our friends at the National Coalition for the Homeless.

YES. In this case you must register at the last address you had before you left the USA, or at the address to which you will return to when returning to the USA (you must present some indication of a present intent to return and live there – e.g. vehicle registration, driver’s license, property ownership, family, etc). If you have never had a permanent address in the United States but are a citizen you are allowed to register at an address you plan on moving to or an address where you currently have family living. Access more information on voting overseas here.

You may call the voting rights hotline at 866 687-8683, if informing another poll worker isn’t successful. They have lawyers ready to help you. Additionally, you can call the civil rights division of the U.S Department of Justice.

You can also find New Jersey’s elections office here and contact them by phone at 1-877-658-6837.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in New Jersey.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

05/28/2024
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
06/04/2024
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

How Vote By Mail Works in New Jersey

Voting by mail is a two step process in New Jersey.

Step 1: Request your ballot NOW.

  • The deadline for your application to be received by mail is 7 days before Election Day. The deadline to request your by mail ballot in person at your county clerk's office is the day before Election Day at 3 p.m.

Step 2: After you complete your ballot, be sure to return ASAP!

  • Return in person by Election Day at 8 p.m. You can return your ballot to your county elections office or county-designated drop box.
  • Or mail your ballot. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by six days after Election Day to be counted. To make your postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time on Election Day. We recommend returning ASAP.

 

Click Here to See Your Ballot

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot.

After you complete your ballot, be sure to sign the outside of the return envelope. 

Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid.

You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, or drop box.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

Any designated person can drop off a ballot for you.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you have received your vote-by-mail but not have voted, you may vote by paper provisional ballot at your polling place.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

New Jersey does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.

Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. may cure your ballot no later than 48 hours before the final certification of election results.

You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

New Jersey voters are not required to show ID at the polls or by mail.

First time voters who did not provide their DL number or SSN when registering to vote will need to provide one of the following forms of identification when voting;

In Person: Photo ID or proof of residence
By Mail: Copy of photo ID or proof of residence

Valid Forms of Identification include;

Photo IDs that have photograph and name:

  • Driver’s license or state issued ID card
  • Passport
  • Employee ID card
  • Credit or Debit card
  • Military ID
  • Student ID
  • Health Club ID
  • Insurance Plan ID card
  • Public Housing ID card
  • ID card provided by a commercial establishment

“Non-photo” IDs that have name and address:

  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Government check
  • Government Paycheck
  • Document Issued by a governmental agency

Voter ID in New Jersey

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Primaries

Presidential Primaries

Primary Type (D): Mixed
Primary Type (R): Mixed

New Jersey holds semi-closed primaries. Voters must be registered with their party of choice or unaffiliated with any political party to participate. The deadline for an existing voter to change their party affiliation status is April 10th, 2024. Unaffiliated voters may choose their party affiliation through Election Day. Visit New Jersey’s Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.

In addition to the president, the New Jersey primary election includes the following races:
– U.S. senator
– U.S. representatives
– School boards

 

Automatic Registration

Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.

Election Day Registration

You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.

Early Voting

Early Voting Dates

05/31/2024
Voting Begins
06/02/2024
Voting Ends

You can vote early in New Jersey

You may vote early in New Jersey at any early voting center in your county.

Preregister

Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.

In New Jersey, you can preregister to vote if you are 17. Register to vote today!

Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!

You can not vote in the New Jersey primaries if you are 17 by the next election.