How to Register to Vote in New Jersey?
U.S. citizens and residents are required to register as voters before being allowed to vote. There are various ways you can register to vote in New Jersey. Registrations can be applied for online, in person through the Commissioner of Registration office in the relevant county or New Jersey’s Division of Motor Vehicle offices.
Qualifications to Register in New Jersey
- Age – Individuals who are a minimum of 18 years by the election day.
- Citizenship – Only United States citizens can apply
- Residency – Individuals who have been residents in the county for a minimum period of 30 days before the election date.
- Mental competency – There are no mental competency requirements to be met for voting in the state.
- Convicted felons – Convicts who have completed serving their sentences or those who have successfully met their probation and parole terms, are eligible to register. Individuals who were registered voters before conviction have to re-register once the penalty has been served.
Identification required in New Jersey
You will require to submit a New Jersey driver's license number or an MVC non-driver ID number or the last four numbers of your social security number (SSN). In the absence these IDs, you can submit a valid photo ID that has not expired or a name and address proof, to save you from providing an ID at the polling place.
Examples of acceptable IDs include but are not limited to – Student or job ID, bank statement, car registration, rent receipt, store membership ID, utility bill, military or other government ID, United States passport, non-photo driver's license, and any official or government document.
Acquiring voter registration forms in New Jersey
In person – Registration application is available from the Commissioner of Registration in the county of residence or the Division of Motor Vehicle offices. If you are applying for assistance or service, you can register at the same time. Examples of agencies you can get this done through our – Work First NJ, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Programs, Armed Forces of the United States Recruitment Offices, New Jersey Medical Assistance & Health Services Program, County Welfare Agency, WIC (Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infant & Children, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services – Department of Labor,
County Board of Social Services and Commission of the Blind & Visually Impaired. Students wanting to register can check with their college if the registration to vote forms are available on campus.
Via mail or in writing – Mail your completed registration form to the Commissioner of Registration office, in your county of residence.
Fax – Forms cannot be faxed because the original signatures are required.
Online – You can apply online. There are two variants – an English form and an alternate language form.
For information on mailing forms, forms for specific counties and online forms go to - https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml.
The cutoff date to submit any applications for registering to vote is 21 days before the day of the election.
Military and Overseas Voting in New Jersey
Military personnel who can register to vote should be residents of the state and includes commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, Uniformed Services, Merchant Marine, the National Oceanic, and Atmospheric Administration. They can also be a spouse or dependent of a military member or other uniformed services.
An overseas voter is not required to have been registered to vote in the state before leaving the country. However, he or she should have been a resident in the state and have had the qualifications to register to vote, before leaving the country.
For those who require the state forms, go to -
Alternatively, you can make a federal postcard application (FPCA), which is available here - https://www.fvap.gov
Check registration status
To confirm if you are currently registered, click on - https://voter.njsvrs.com/PublicAccess/servlet/com.saber.publicaccess.control.PublicAccessNavigationServlet?USERPROCESS=PublicSearch
For further information on registering to vote in New Jersey, visit the Official Site Of The State of New Jersey at - https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml.