Voting in New Jersey
Upcoming Elections and Deadlines in New Jersey
If you're registering by mail, your voter registration must be received by 10/18/2022.
If you're registering in person, your voter registration must be received by 10/18/2022.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by mail, it must be received by 11/01/2022.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by hand, it must be received by 11/07/2022.
You may not be able to request an absentee ballot online in New Jersey.
If you're returning your completed ballot by mail, it must be postmarked by 11/08/2022.
If you're returning your completed ballot by hand, it must be received by 8:00 pm 11/08/2022.
Voter Registration In New Jersey
Who Can Register In New Jersey
To register to vote in New Jersey, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of your New Jersey county for 30 days before the election
- Be at least 17 years old
- Not have been convicted of a felony, or have been convicted but have completed your sentence
You must register to vote at least 21 days before the election you wish to vote in.
New Jersey Election Day Registration
New Jersey does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
You can pre-register to vote in New Jersey when you turn 17.
Voting Rights Restoration
New Jersey does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. Voting rights are lost until completion of a sentence, including parole and/or probation, with automatic restoration after.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In New Jersey
Where To Vote In New Jersey
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
All voters are eligible to vote absentee/by mail in New Jersey; no excuse is needed.
Early Voting In New Jersey
New Jersey offers in person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins 4 days prior to non-presidential primary elections, 6 days prior to presidential primary elections, and 10 days prior to general elections, and ends 2 days before the election.
Primary Elections In New Jersey
New Jersey has closed primaries. Voters registered with a particular party may only vote in that party's primary. For congressional and state primary elections, voters can choose to affiliate with a party at the polls on Election Day if the voter is unaffiliated. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In New Jersey
Additional New Jersey Resources
Your State Election Official
New Jersey Secretary of State
Phone number: 609.292.3760