Now is the Time to Encourage All Eligible New Jersey’s to Register to Vote in November 7 Election
As the Tuesday, October 17, 2017 deadline to register to vote in New Jersey’s November 7 gubernatorial election approaches, now is the time to register every eligible New Jersey resident.
Voter registration and mobilization efforts can increase voter turnout among low income renters and their allies and be critically important in making affordable housing a priority for both the next Governor and New Jersey Legislature. Not only will New Jerseyans be electing a new governor on November but every Senator and Assemblyperson in the New Jersey Legislature is up for election.
As Election Day approaches, Monarch Housing Associates urges housing organizations to engage in the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Our Homes, Our Votes Campaign non-partisan voter registration and voter education efforts and register low-income renters and individuals experiencing homelessness to vote.
Organizations working to create affordable homes and homelessness across New Jersey are registering clients to vote. As one example, the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless is inviting every new client that is screened to register to vote.
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.
It is important to keep in mind that if an individual is already registered to vote but has changed their address, they need to update their voter registration.
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