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Upcoming Elections

2016 Presidential Preference and Congressional/State Primary: Tuesday, June 7

  • Voter Registration Deadline: May 17

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Registration Deadline: October 18

For more information, visit the New Jersey Department of State website.

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.


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Voting Rights

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Heed call for Wisconsin voter ID education campaign
05/21/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 12:30
Excerpt: 

The goal of the education campaign is obvious — to help those who don’t have a driver’s license or state ID but who are eligible to vote — and important. Everyone who is eligible to cast a vote, for whichever candidate, should have the opportunity. Part of the opportunity now consists of having proper identification. Getting people the right photo ID is a laudable goal.

There are also some less-obvious reasons for this campaign:

» Not everyone has an Internet connection. An advertising campaign that consists of billboards, newspaper ads and television spots will reach a segment of the population that isn’t online. Political candidates use those avenues to reach potential voters in an election season; they don’t rely solely on the Internet, so why not a voter ID informational campaign?

» It will serve as a reminder for regular voters to make sure they have the proper photo ID when they head to the polls and that their identification is updated and ready.

» It will clear up any confusion about the law. The voter ID act was authorized in 2011 but was blocked in 2012 by a lawsuit. It was re-implemented this year. Politicians in Madison may know all about the machinations of this requirement, but the general public may not be as well-informed. A big change like this in how people vote deserves an information campaign to make sure everyone is informed.

» This is an important election. In addition to the president, we’ll be voting for a U.S. Senate seat, congressional seats, all state Assembly positions and some state Senate offices.

Federal trial testimony: Minorities bear brunt of Wisconsin voter ID law
05/21/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 00:00
Excerpt: 

In testimony and filings in the trial before U.S. District Judge James Peterson, the plaintiffs said that blacks and Latinos make up 44% of those seeking a free ID to ensure they can vote but only 9% of the overall voting age population in Wisconsin.

Minorities may also make up the lion's share of those who struggle to get a photo ID, according to a small sample of voters who lacked the key documents needed to obtain one.

The plaintiffs in the case said that of the 30 such cases they could obtain from the state Division of Motor Vehicles, 84% are for a black or Latino petitioner. ...

Of the 30 cases, 19 were denied [a valid ID to vote] by state officials, they argued.

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Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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New Jersey Election Info

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 Presidential Preference and Congressional/State Primary: Tuesday, June 7

  • Voter Registration Deadline: May 17

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Registration Deadline: October 18

For more information, visit the New Jersey Department of State website.

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.

Polling Place Hours

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

How to Find Your Polling Place

Visit the Polling Place Locator on the New Jersey Division of Elections website.

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.


Registration Deadlines

2015 Primary Election: May 12, 2015

2015 General Election: October 13, 2015

You must register 21 days before an election.

How to Check if You Are Registered

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Contact your County Elections Official or check the Division of Elections registration lookup page here.

How to Register

You can register to vote in New Jersey by completing a Voter Registration application, and then mailing or delivering the form to your local County Elections Official.

Additionally, you can register to vote at these governmental agencies in New Jersey.

Registration Eligibility

To register to vote in New Jersey you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be 18 years of age or older by the next election; and
  • Live in the state of New Jersey. 

Identification Required for Registration

An individual wishing to register to vote must provide their driver's license number, or the last four digits of their social security number.  If they do not have such numbers, they will need to provide a copy of an acceptable identifying document.

An acceptable identifying document includes:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo I.D. and
  • A copy of a bank statement, paycheck, utility bill, government check or other government document that shows the name and current address of the voter.

If You Want to Vote Early

New Jersey does not have early voting, but any voter may vote absentee by mail.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

In New Jersey, any voter can now vote by absentee ballot by mail for any election.  An absentee ballot application may be downloaded here.

Apply by Mail

To receive an absentee ballot by mail, the county clerk’s office must receive an absentee ballot application no later than 7 days before an election.  

Apply in Person

Alternatively, absentee ballots may also be requested in person at the county clerk’s office through 3:00 p.m. on the day before an election.  A voter who is sick or confined may apply for an absentee ballot by authorized messenger.

Returning Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots may be returned to the county board of elections to which it is addressed or delivered personally by the voter or by authorized messenger up until 8:00 p.m. on the day of election.

An absentee ballot must be RECEIVED by the County Board of Elections no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.

A voter who receives a mail-in ballot, should vote by mail-in ballot.  A voter who receives a mail-in ballot, but instead requests to vote in person on election day, will only be able to vote by provisional ballot.

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

An individual wishing to register to vote must provide their driver's license number, or the last four digits of their social security number.  If they do not have such numbers, they will need to provide a copy of an acceptable identifying document.

An acceptable identifying document includes:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo I.D. and
  • A copy of a bank statement, paycheck, utility bill, government check or other government document that shows the name and current address of the voter.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

New Jersey law requires certain registered voters to show identification in order to vote in person.  Pursuant to the federal "Help America Vote Act of 2002" (HAVA), if you registered to vote by mail in your county after January 1, 2003, and never voted in a federal election in the county, you were required to provide your county commissioner of registration with identification.

If a voter does not provide identification to the county commissioner of registration or if the identification information could not be verified (i.e., the voter's driver's license number or the last four digits of their social security number), THEY MUST SHOW IDENTIFICATION AT THE POLLING PLACE WHEN THEY GO TO VOTE.

Acceptable identification includes, 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; and
  • Any other official document.

If you do not have identification, you will be able to vote by provisional ballot and will have until close of business on the day after the election to provide identification to the county elections office.

If you’re registered to vote in New Jersey and have recently moved, you will need to notify the NJ Division of Elections of your new address.

Moving Within the Same County

If a voter has moved from a registered address to another address in the same county and did not submit a change of address form to the county commissioner of registration before election day, the voter can vote a provisional ballot at their new polling place.

Moving to a Different County

If a voter has moved to a different county on or before the 21st day before the election, the voter must re-register before the registration deadline ends in their new county of residence in order to vote.

If a voter has moved to a different county after the 21st day before the election and has not submitted a change of address form to the county commissioner of registration, that voter can vote at their old polling place in their former county after filling out an affidavit to vote.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) New Jersey-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by mail, fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's New Jersey-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  You must return your voted ballot or FWAB by mail.  If you email or fax your ballot to the local election office, you must also submit the original ballot by email with certification.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's New Jersey-specific FWAB page.

In New Jersey, ex-felons can register to vote.  Any person who is no longer in prison, or has completed his or her term of probation or parole can re-register to vote.

For more information, visit the New Jersey Secretary of State website.

FAQ

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For more information for voters with disabilities, visit the National Disability Rights Network’s voting resource center.

For more information for student voters, visit the New Jersey Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.
 

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

2016 Election Information for your state