Register to Vote, Check Your Voter Registration Status, Finding Your Polling Place and Vote Early
The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (the Institute) has created for voters an Election Protection information sheet that includes important dates, information on registering to vote for the Tuesday, November 6 election, and your rights at the polls. The Institute wants to help you register to vote, check your voter registration status, find your polling place and vote early.
The Institute reminds us that in New Jersey, you can register to vote in the November 6 election by downloading a postage-paid registration form from the Division of Elections here.
To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be:
- A United States citizen
- At least 17 years old, although you must be 18 or older to vote
- A resident of your county for at least 30 days before the election
- Not currently serving a prison sentence, on parole, or on probation for a felony conviction. If you are detained in jail awaiting trial or serving time for a misdemeanor, you ARE ELIGIBLE to register and vote by Mail-in Ballot.
- If you are homeless, you may register by providing a contact point or location where you spend most of your time.
- You must register to vote by October 16, 2018, in order to participate in the November election.
If you do not know if you are a registered voter at your current address, you can verify your registration status online, or by calling the Election Protection Hotline at 1.866.OUR.VOTE.
You can locate your polling place and make a plan for voting on election day. You can look up your polling place online, or by calling the Election Protection Hotline at 1.866.OUR.VOTE.
- Anyone can vote early in New Jersey by applying for and completing a Mail-In Ballot.
- You can download an application here.
- To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk by October 30, 2018.
- A voter may also apply for a Mail-In Ballot in person at the County Clerk until 3:00pm the day before the election.
- A completed Mail-In Ballot must be received by the County Clerk by 8:00pm on Election Day.
The Institute seeks to ensure that urban residents live in a society that respects their humanity, provides equality of economic opportunity, empowers them to use their voice in the political process, and protects equal justice.