If you will be out of state for an election, apply to a receive vote by mail ballot here. The deadline is 7 days before the election.
Please be aware! You must have one of the following documents to register to vote:
a Driver's Licence issued by the state of New Jersey
a non-driver ID card issued by the state of New Jersey
a Social Security Number (if you pick this option you'll have to sign your registration form electronically).
Follow the instructions to fill out the four part application. It's that easy!
Forms are available on NJ's Department of State Website. Be sure to print out the form that corresponds to the county where you reside. Fill out the form and put it in the mail--no postage needed. Be aware:the deadline is 21 days before the election.
You can also register to vote when you get your driver’s license or state ID from the New Jersey MVC. They will send your information to the Department of State on your behalf.
Before you go:
Look up your polling place & hours HERE Most polling places are open from 6AM to 8PM.
When you arrive at your polling location:
There should be signs directing you “vote here”. Follow the signs, as most polling locations are schools or other institutions in large buildings. When you find the right room, there should be several people at a table, or multiple tables, with lists of names. ***If you are not on the list, check to see if you have the right location.*** Once it’s your turn, approach the table and give your name to the volunteer at the desk.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In the state of New Jersey, you DO NOT need to show any form of ID to vote. It’s illegal to bar eligible people from voting. If this happens to you, try asking another volunteer for help, or leave and come back later. You can also call (866) OUR-VOTE to speak to a lawyer about your rights.
Once you give your name, the volunteer will look you up in their roster. You will have to sign in and confirm the information (your name and address) on their roster.
Then you will be shown to a voting booth, which is a little cubicle that holds a voting machine. The cubicle should have a little curtain for privacy.
ANOTHER NOTE: Voting machines can look very different from state to state, or county to county. Some machines require a paper ballot, some are completely computerized. If you can’t figure out how your machine works, ask a volunteer for help. Don’t forget to cast your ballot!