NJ High School Voter Registration Week Begins
As the state website declares, “Democracy is not a spectator sport. It requires continual work to protect it and keep it strong. And the best way to protect and strengthen our democracy is to participate in it!”
NJ High School Voter Registration Week starts on Monday, April 24. The goal of this dedicated week is to encourage 17 and 18-year-olds to register and prepare to vote. Voting is an important piece of maintaining a strong democracy and young voices are needed.
To register in New Jersey, you must be:
- A United States citizen
- At least 17 years old, though you may not vote until you have reached the age of 18
- A resident of the county for 30 days before the election
- You are not serving a sentence of Incarceration as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States.
You are not eligible to register to vote if:
- You are serving a sentence of incarceration as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States.
17-year-olds can register now and that registration will become active on their 18th birthday. Anyone who is or will be 18 before June 6 may vote in the New Jersey Primary election. You must register at least 21 days before Election Day in order to vote in that election.
If you are not sure that you’ll be available to vote in person or if you prefer to vote by mail for any other reason, you can request a vote-by-mail ballot HERE. Your completed application can be returned to the County Clerk, dropped in one of the county’s secure drop boxes, or returned to the county Board of Elections. Visit this page for helpful “how to” videos in both English and Spanish.