New Jersey

Upcoming Elections

2022-10-18 – Registration Deadline

Tue Oct 18, 2022

2022-11-01 – Ballot Request Deadline (Post received by)

Post received by Tue Nov 1, 2022

2022-11-04 – Early Voting Starts

Fri Nov 4, 2022 10:00AM

2022-11-06 – Early Voting Ends

Sun Nov 6, 2022

2022-11-07 – Ballot Request Deadline (In-Person Request by)

In-Person Request by Mon Nov 7, 2022 3:00PM EST

2022-11-08 – Ballot Return Deadline (Postmarked by)

Postmarked by Tue Nov 8, 2022

2022-11-08 – Ballot Return Deadline (In-Person – Received by)

In-Person, Received by Tue Nov 8, 2022 8:00PM EST

Last Updated: March 2022

Voting in New Jersey

Who Can Vote in the Primary

The June 7 Primary Election will be conducted as a semi-closed election. This means that voters must be registered as members of a political party to vote for a primary candidate running in that party.  Registered voters who have not previously declared their affiliation with any party can participate in the primary of their choice by affiliating with a party on the day of the election, but voters cannot switch party affiliations on Election Day.  A voter who is switching party affiliations must file a Political Party Affiliation Form at least 55 days before the primary.

When You Can Vote

Registered and affiliated voters can vote in person or by vote-by-mail ballot. There will be five ways to vote in the State Primary Elections:

  • Vote in person at an early voting location in your county from June 3 to June 5.
  • Vote in person at your designated polling place on Election Day.
  • Mail your vote-by-mail ballot through the U.S. Postal Service, postmarked by June 7 and received by 8 p.m. on June 13.
  • Hand deliver your vote-by-mail ballot to a secure drop box by 8 p.m. on June 7.
  • Hand deliver your vote-by-mail ballot to a county board of elections by 8 p.m. on June 7. 

By Mail:

Voters must submit a vote-by-mail application (as distinct from a vote-by-mail ballot) by May 31, 2022, if applying by mail or by 3 p.m. on June 6 if applying for and picking up a vote-by-mail ballot in person at the county clerk’s office.  Voters who have previously indicated that they want to receive vote-by-mail ballots in all elections should receive one automatically, without having to apply.  

A vote-by-mail ballot (as distinct from a vote-by-mail application) that is returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the county board of elections by 8:00 p.m. on June 13.  Vote-by-mail ballots can also be hand-delivered by 8:00 p.m. on June 7 to: (1) a secure ballot drop box, or (2) the appropriate county board of elections.

In person: 

Polling locations will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Voters in line by 8:00 p.m. are entitled to vote. 

Where You Can Vote

In person on Election Day:

Voters may refer to their county board of elections website or the New Jersey Division of Elections website to confirm their polling place location for the Primary Election. Voters can determine their polling place by entering their address in the New Jersey Division of Elections’ polling place locator (https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/polling-place-search). 

Returning Vote-by-Mail Ballots:

Voters may mail their completed ballots to the county board of elections. In some counties, vote-by-mail ballots come with prepaid return envelopes, but in others, voters must use a stamp. 

Voters may also cast their vote by hand-delivering their vote-by-mail ballot to the appropriate county board of elections or dropping the ballot in a secure drop box. 

  • NOTE: Every county must provide at least ten secure ballot drop boxes in locations readily accessible to the registered voters within that county. The locations of the drop boxes will be provided on the county board of elections’ website and notice will be sent to vote-by-mail voters.

NOTE: If you drop off someone else’s ballot, you become a “bearer.” A bearer is a person who transports a completed vote-by-mail ballot for someone else. Bearers are limited to three ballots per election; an authorized bearer may transport up to five ballots in an election if those voters are immediate family members residing in the same household as the bearer; any additional ballots will be discarded and not counted. The bearer must sign the bearer portion of the outer envelope of the ballot in the presence of the voter when taking custody of the ballot. Bearers may deliver other people’s ballots to the county board of elections, secure ballot drop boxes, or USPS mailboxes (subject to the same deadlines as the voters themselves). When delivering a ballot in person to the county, the bearer must show ID and sign the county’s Bearer Book.

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • The voter registration deadline for the New Jersey State General Election is Tue Oct 18, 2022.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in New Jersey if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of New Jersey
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in New Jersey if:

  • You are currently serving a sentence including incarceration, parole, probation, or extended supervision for a felony conviction

You may preregister to vote in New Jersey

  • At the age of 17

How to register 

  • New Jersey State General Election
    • Register By: Tue Oct 18, 2022

In person on Election Day:

Voters may refer to their county board of elections website or the New Jersey Division of Elections website to confirm their polling place location for the Primary Election. Voters can determine their polling place by entering their address in the New Jersey Division of Elections’ polling place locator (https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/polling-place-search). 

Returning Vote-by-Mail Ballots:

Voters may mail their completed ballots to the county board of elections. In some counties, vote-by-mail ballots come with prepaid return envelopes, but in others, voters must use a stamp. 

Voters may also cast their vote by hand-delivering their vote-by-mail ballot to the appropriate county board of elections or dropping the ballot in a secure drop box. 

  • NOTE: Every county must provide at least ten secure ballot drop boxes in locations readily accessible to the registered voters within that county. The locations of the drop boxes will be provided on the county board of elections’ website and notice will be sent to vote-by-mail voters.

NOTE: If you drop off someone else’s ballot, you become a “bearer.” A bearer is a person who transports a completed vote-by-mail ballot for someone else. Bearers are limited to three ballots per election; an authorized bearer may transport up to five ballots in an election if those voters are immediate family members residing in the same household as the bearer; any additional ballots will be discarded and not counted. The bearer must sign the bearer portion of the outer envelope of the ballot in the presence of the voter when taking custody of the ballot. Bearers may deliver other people’s ballots to the county board of elections, secure ballot drop boxes, or USPS mailboxes (subject to the same deadlines as the voters themselves). When delivering a ballot in person to the county, the bearer must show ID and sign the county’s Bearer Book.

Voting Early & by Vote-by-Mail Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
New Jersey State General Election

Ballot Request:

  • Post received by Tue Nov 1, 2022
  • In-Person Request by Mon Nov 7, 2022 3:00PM EST

Ballot Return:

  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 8, 2022
  • In-Person, Received by Tue Nov 8, 2022 8:00PM EST

Early Voting:

  • Early Voting from Fri Nov 4, 2022 10:00AM to Sun Nov 6, 2022

Requesting a vote-by-mail ballot 

Every registered voter is eligible to receive a vote-by-mail ballot by applying for one. Voters who have previously indicated that they want to receive vote-by-mail ballots in all elections should receive one automatically, without having to apply. When filling out a vote-by-mail application, you can check a box to indicate that you want to be placed on the default vote-by-mail list going forward (in which case you will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for all future elections). To confirm whether you are on the default list, please call your county clerk.  If a voter no longer wants to receive a vote-by-mail ballot automatically, the voter must notify the appropriate county clerk’s office in writing.

You can find the vote-by-mail application here

A voter who does not automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot, or who wishes to receive it at an address different from the last mailing address on file with election officials, may complete an application to vote by mail.  Applications for vote-by-mail ballots can be returned by mail or in person to the county clerk.  

  • NOTE: Every county must provide at least ten secure ballot drop boxes in locations readily accessible to the registered voters within that county. The locations of the drop boxes will be provided on the county board of elections’ website, and notice will be sent to vote-by-mail voters.
  • NOTE: Identification (such as a driver’s license, non-driver ID, or other ID with the voter’s address) will be required for voters hand-delivering their ballots to the county board of elections.  The purpose of this requirement is to show that the voter (rather than a bearer) is the person returning the ballot.  

Vote-by-mail ballot never arrived:  

If a vote-by-mail ballot did not arrive, the voter may contact their county clerk to get a replacement ballot, or they may vote in person by provisional ballot at the voter’s designated polling location on Election Day.

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in New Jersey you should provide one of the following:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your New Jersey Driver’s License Number
  • Your New Jersey non-driver ID number

If you use your Driver’s License or Non-Driver Id, your info will be shared with the NJ MVC to validate your ID and get a copy of your digitized signature. If you use your SSN, you must be able to sign on-screen or upload your signature to finalize your registration. If you are unable to provide a digital signature, you cannot register online.

If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Document showing Proof of Address

You can alternatively provide one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

Voting In-Person

If you registered to vote in New Jersey, you may be required to present valid ID if you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Other Government ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Store Membership Card
  • Rent Receipt
  • Valid Employee ID
  • Valid New Jersey Driver’s License
  • Valid Student ID
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid New Jersey Non-photo Driver’s License
  • Sample Ballot mailed to you
  • Valid New Jersey Vehicle Registration
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement

New Jersey voters can vote without showing identification, with a few exceptions.  

First, a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide an accurate driver’s license number, non-driver identification number, the last four digits of a Social Security number, or acceptable identification at that time must present identification at the polling place on Election Day in order to vote by provisional paper ballot.  Acceptable identification includes either a current and valid photo identification (e.g., New Jersey driver’s license, student or job identification card, store membership card, U.S. passport, military identification), or any current document with the voter’s name and address such as a bank statement, pay check, rent receipt, sample ballot, utility bill, government check, car registration, or non-photo driver’s license.  First-time voters who do not have the requisite identification may still cast a provisional ballot and must complete the written affirmation on the provisional ballot.  For the ballot to count, the first-time voter must provide proper identification to the county commissioner of registration by the close of business on the second day after the election.

Second, if a voter hand-delivers a completed vote-by-mail ballot to the county board, that voter must provide proof of his/her identity in the form of a New Jersey driver’s license, or another form of identification issued or recognized as official by the federal government, the State, or any of its subdivisions, provided that the identification carries the full address and signature of the voter.  Additionally, the voter must sign a record kept by the county listing all personally delivered mail-in ballots.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving Within the Same County:
If a voter has moved within the same election district, the voter may cast a ballot in the same manner as other voters upon completing a written affirmation at the polling place. If a voter has moved to a different district within the same county, the voter may vote by provisional ballot in the district to which he or she has moved, upon completing a written affirmation at the polling place.

Moving Between Counties:
If, on or before the 31st day before the election, a voter moved to a new county from another state or county and did not register to vote, he or she is ineligible to vote. However, if the voter moved to a new county from another county in New Jersey within 30 days of the election, he or she may be eligible to vote in the election district where the voter was registered before moving.

Moving From Another State:
A voter who moves to New Jersey from out-of-state must register and reside at the new address for 30 days before the election in order to vote.

If You are in the Military or are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States.

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot:

There are several ways in which military and overseas voters may register to vote and request and obtain a ballot.  To register, they may fill out and mail a New Jersey voter registration form, which must be postmarked by May 17, 2022 or fill out a Federal Post Card Application, which must be received by May 17, 2022, whether returned by mail, email, or fax. The Federal Post Card Application allows eligible military or overseas voters to simultaneously register and request their absentee ballot.  However, if an eligible voter registers with a state voter registration form, they must separately apply for a vote-by-mail ballot

Military and overseas voters may also register to vote and request an absentee ballot by calling 1-877-NJ-VOTER.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot:

Military and overseas voters may receive their blank absentee ballots by airmail or electronic transmission.  To request electronic transmission of the blank ballot, military and overseas voters must mark the appropriate box and provide an email address or fax number on the Federal Post Card Application (https://www.fvap.gov/guide/chapter2/new-jersey).  

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot:

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that military and overseas voters may use if they made a timely application for, but did not receive, their state mail-in ballot.  These voters may use the FWAB only if they are voting from outside the United States. 

Casting an Absentee Ballot: Ballots may be returned by airmail, commercial carrier, hand-delivery, or by fax or email.  Ballots sent by mail must be postmarked by June 7 and received by 8:00 p.m. June 13; ballots sent by other means must be received by the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website: (https://www.fvap.gov/new-jersey).

If You Have a Felony Conviction

New Jersey law permits persons with a felony conviction (also called an “indictable offense” in New Jersey) to vote so long as they are not currently incarcerated.  Such voters must complete a new voter registration form once they become eligible and mail or hand-deliver it 21 days before the election. 


Pretrial detainees who have not yet been convicted and persons with misdemeanor convictions (also called a “disorderly persons offense” in New Jersey) are not disqualified from voting.  Like all other qualified voters, those serving jail time in pretrial detention or on misdemeanor convictions may apply for and cast a vote-by-mail ballot.

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