NLIHC and League of Women Voters of NJ Provide Voter Registration Education
On Tuesday, September 12, Monarch Housing Associates and the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ (the Network) hosted an Our Homes, Our Votes: Voter Registration and Mobilization for Low-Income Voters webinar.
Sarah Jemison with the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and Dawn Clarke with the League of Women Voters of New Jersey shared critical information about why it is so important for low-income individuals to register and vote.
To be registered for the general election for the governor of New Jersey, your voter registration form must be submitted by Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
The webinar covered why it is so critical that low-income individuals register to and vote, voter eligibility requirements, available voter registration resources, fitting voter registration into our regular work, specific voter registration activities, and voter mobilization efforts.
Voting by mail offers a convenient opportunity for voters without the flexibility in their work day or who lack access to transportation. New Jersey voters can vote by mail. Voting by mail involves the two-step process of sending an application to the voter’s county of residence and then returning by mail the ballot that is received by mail.
Voters must complete and submit a new voter registration form every time that they change their address even if the move is within the same apartment building.
National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 is the perfect time to host a voter registration event. But you can include voter registration in any events that you are helping to organize and make your office, outreach site, shelter, etc. a voter registration site.
If you are interested in holding your own voter registration event or partnering with another nonprofit organization, please contact Kate Kelly at Monarch Housing.
New Jersey’s gubernatorial election is on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. New Jersey is one of two states hosting a gubernatorial election this year and can become an example of successful low-income voter registration and mobilization efforts.
New Jersey does not require an address for individuals to register to vote. And homeless individuals cannot be denied voting rights. Seventeen year olds can register to vote to be ready to vote when they turn age 18.
Additional eligibility requirements for voter registration can be accessed on our website:
- U.S. Citizen,
- At least 18 years old by the next election (but you can register to vote at age 17),
- Resident of the county for 30 days before the election, and
- Must not be serving a sentence or on parole or probation, because of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law.
The NJ statewide registration forms may be submitted by mail or hand delivered to:
NJ Division of Elections
P.O. Box 304
Trenton, NJ 08625-0304
Nonprofit organizations can, and should, engage in nonpartisan election-related activity, including voter registration, education, and mobilization.
The basic rule is that 501(c)(3) organizations cannot in any way support or oppose particular candidates.
Organizations with specific legal questions related to voter registration drives are encouraged to contact an attorney who specializes in election law. It is important to remember that 501(c)(3) organizations cannot consult with campaign staff or political parties, even on simple technical questions.