How to vote in New Jersey

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. New Jersey allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. New Jersey offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in New Jersey. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in New Jersey you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be at least 17 years old (you must be 18 to vote)
  • be a resident of the State and county 30 days before the election
  • not be currently serving a sentence, probation or parole because of a felony conviction

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in New Jersey can look up where to vote on New Jersey's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

New Jersey voters can also vote before Election Day by visiting their county clerk's office to request a mail-in ballot in person, then filling it out and returning it to the board of elections. Contact your county clerk's office for more information on when and how to vote early.

What to bring

  • If you've voted in New Jersey before, you don't need to provide ID to vote.
  • If you're voting for the first-time in your county, registered to vote by mail, and didn't provide an ID number or copy of ID when you registered, you must show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include: NJ photo or non-photo driver's license; military or other government ID; student ID; employee ID; store membership card; US passport; or bank statement, car registration, government check or document, rent receipt, sample ballot, utility bill, or any other official document.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.

Vote by mail

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 30.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in New Jersey.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using New Jersey's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The early voting period runs from Saturday, September 22 to Monday, November 5, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 30.

Election contact information for New Jersey

Address:
Secretary of State
33 W State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Phone Number:
(609) 292-3760