How to Register to Vote in New Jersey - Deadline is October 18th
Voting is an important right and privilege in American democracy. Some of us exercise this civic duty faithfully, while others may think it's too much of a hassle, the system is too corrupt, or that elections don't effect their daily lives. This sadly, is seen in voter turnout, as voter turnout is lower among younger generations of Americans.
Voter turnout rates can be especially important in local elections, like City Councils and the Board of Education races, as there are many examples across the country of state and local elections decided by just a handful of votes, NPR compiled a list of close elections here.
If you're not registered to vote in NJ, there's still time. Start your online registration on New Jersey’s election website.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES IN NEW JERSEY:
- ONLINE deadline- Tuesday, October 18, 2022
- BY MAIL deadline - Postmarked by Tuesday, October 18, 2022
- IN PERSON deadline - Tuesday, October 18, 2022
How to Check Your Voter Registration
You can confirm your voter registration status on New Jersey’s election website.
Requirements to register to vote NJ, you must be:
- A United States citizen
- At least 17 years old, though you may not vote until you have reached 18
- A resident of the county for 30 days before the election
- A person not serving a sentence of incarceration as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States.
The registrant must complete a Voter Registration Application. Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for your county.
What You’ll Need to Register Online:
To register online, you will need your date of birth and one of the following forms of identification:
A current and valid Driver’s License or a non-driver Identification Card (ID card) issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Your information will be provided to the MVC to validate identification, and to retrieve a copy of your digitized signature.
A Social Security number To use your social security number, you must have the ability to sign on-screen or upload your signature to complete the registration process. If you are unable to provide a digital signature, you cannot register online. Click here to download the voter registration application for your county.
When you choose not to vote, you let others in your city and state decide who will represent you. When you vote, you choose which candidates best represent you interests. Need more inspiration? Visit Rock the Vote online here.