Who may register | How, When, Where | Changing a Registration | Primary election note | Further Info
Who may register?
Register to vote if you are or will be:
- A U.S. citizen residing, at the time you apply, in the district in which you expect to vote.
- A resident of your county for 30 days by the date of the next election. (See the change of address, name or status section below if you recently moved).
- At least 17 years old. Registrants under 18 years old are marked as "pending" and become eligible to vote the day they actually turn 18.
You are NOT eligible to vote if:
- You are serving a sentence or are on parole or probation as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law.
- You have been adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting.
How, when, and where to register:
Registration forms are available at many sites, including municipal buildings, the county stores, the office of the Superintendent of Elections, motor vehicle, public assistance and disability offices, and from your local League of Women Voters.
NJ registration forms and forms for each county are available here. At the main elections page here page are links to see if you are registered and to find your polling place.Vote by mail applications are available here.
To register by mail, obtain a form, fill it out according to the instructions and mail it back.
To vote in a specific election, you must be registered at least 21 days before that election.
Registration is permanent: you will not be purged from the roles for failing to vote.
Changes of address, name, or status
If you move, even within the same election district, you should let election officials know as soon as possible, and promptly return the change of address card you will be sent.
If you are registered to vote and you move to a new home in the same county, you will be able to vote in your new election district, but you must either complete the change of address process by 21 days before the next election or meet with your township clerk to process the change after that deadline. In some cases, you may be able to go directly to the new polling place on election day and vote by completing a provisional ballot.
If you moved to a new county within 20 days before an election, you can vote at your old polling place. Check with election officials to verify procedures.
If you moved to a new county more than 20 days before an election, and did not complete the change of address process in time, you cannot vote.
You must submit a written statement to the county if you change your name by marriage, divorce or court decree (if you changed within a 20 day period before an election you may vote in that election by signing both names).
If you had been disqualified to vote and are no longer disqualified, you must re-register.
Voting in a primary election is limited to voters who have declared an affiliation with a specific party. If you have never done so, you may vote in a primary by declaring a party at the polls. See the elections section of this web page for more information about voting in a primary.
Contacts for Further Information
League of Women Voters of
P.O. Box 245
Voorhees, NJ 08043
(856) 438-0182 (Voice mail)
League of Women Voters of New Jersey
Call the clerk in your municipality,
- the County Clerk's Election Division (856-225-7219),
- the Superintendent of Elections (856-661-3555),
- or the County Board of Elections (856-661-3600).
Last updated: August 20, 2019
Links verified: August 20, 2019
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