Voter Registration - Frequently Asked Questions
Am I registered to vote?
You may call the Commissioner of Registration to verify your registration status.
Who is the chief election officials in the state of New Jersey?
The Secretary of State is the Chief Election Official in the State of New Jersey.
How many days before an election can I change my party affiliation?
You can change your party affiliation up to 55 days before a primary election and still vote in that primary election.
Can I declare my party affiliation at the polls?
You can declare your party affiliation at the polls when you go to vote in your first Primary Election. After that, you
may change your party affiliation 55 days before a primary election.
How Do I Get A Vote By Mail Ballot?
Any registered New Jersey voter can vote by mail in any election for any reason. A voter
may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot and returning the application to their County Clerk. To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election.
A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election. The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required.
Are There Deadline For Voting By Mail?
If you want to receive your Vote by Mail ballot in the mail, the County Clerk must receive your Vote by Mail application no later than seven days before the election. You can get a Vote by Mail ballot in person at the County Clerk 's office up until 3:00 pm the day before the election. Vote by mail ballots must be received by the Board of Election by the close of polls on Election Day.
What Do I Do When I Get To The Polling Place?
When you arrive at your polling location, you will be asked to state your name by the poll worker. The poll worker will find your name in the registration book and you will have to sign your name. You will then be asked to sign the voting authority book and be given a voting authority slip that will allow you to vote on the voting machine.
Should I Bring ID On Election Day?
You do not have to provide ID to vote in NJ unless you did not provide identification information when you registered or if you are a first time registrant by mail in New Jersey and the identification information you gave could not be verified (i.e., your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number). If you are not sure if any of these situations apply to you then you should bring ID.
What Should I Wear On Election Day?
New Jersey law prohibits voters from displaying campaign buttons or campaign clothing, such as hats or t-shirts, in polling places. Polling places are considered "protected zones" beginning from 100-feet outside the entrance of each polling place and extending into the polling room where the voting machine is located. Any person who enters a polling place wearing a campaign button or campaign clothing will be asked to remove, cover up or turn the clothing inside out.
What Is A Provisional Ballot?
Provisional ballots are paper ballots that are used at the polling place on election day under the following circumstances:
- (1) If your registration information is missing or is incomplete in the poll book.
- (2) You moved from your registered address to another in the same county and did not notify your local election officials.
- (3.) You did not provide the required identification information on your registration form or you're a first time registrant by mail in New Jersey and your identification numbers could not be verified and you did not show ID to the poll workers in the polling place. For your provisional ballot to count, you have until the close of business on the second day after the election to provide your county commissioner of registration with the required ID information. You will be given instructions at your polling place on where to bring the ID.
- (4) There is a marking in the poll book that you applied for a Vote by Mail ballot, but you did not apply for one, you applied for one but did not receive it, or you received it but did not return it.
What is an Affirmation Statement
Prior to voting the provisional ballot or immediately thereafter, the voter shall complete the affirmation statement attached to the provisional ballot envelope. It is important that all information be completed and the affirmation statement is signed in order for the provisional ballot to be counted.
What Is An Emergency Ballot?
Emergency ballots are paper ballots used in the polling place if the voting machine(s) becomes inoperable or if there is only one voting machine in the election district and the audio kit is being used for an extended period of time.
Is There Somewhere I Can Get Information About My Voting Rights?
A copy of the New Jersey Voters' Bill of Rights poster is available online.
How Do I Contact My Local Election Officials?
A list of local election officials is available online.