How do I know if I can vote?
In order to vote, you must first register. You can register to vote in New Jersey if you are:
You cannot register to vote if:
How do I register to vote?
You must be registered in order to vote. See Voter Search (from the NJ Division of Elections) to check whether you are already registered to vote. It is wise to check registration status well before the election, as it is possible to become de-registered if your County Commission of Registration (CCR) sent a verification request and you did not respond. Voters must register at least 21 days before voting in an election.
If you are not already registered, you must file a registration application. You can get a voter registration application from:
The registration form is also available with additional information online at Register to Vote! (from the NJ Department of State). You can also check that website to find out where to vote on Election Day.
You can register to vote with your County Commission of Registration (CCR) or Superintendent of Elections (SE) in person or by mail. You cannot register electronically or by fax, because an original signature is required. You can call 1-877- NJVOTER toll-free to find contact information for your CCR or SE, request that a voter registration form be mailed to you, and find out whether information is available in languages other than English. You can also call your CCR or SE if you are unsure whether you are registered. Once registered, you can vote in person at the polls on Election Day or by absentee ballot.
If you register by mail, the CCR or SE will send you a request for identification form asking for your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you have neither, they will ask for other acceptable identifying documents. These include a photo ID, a bank statement, a utility bill, or an official document addressed to you. After your registration is approved you should receive information about where to vote.
How do I vote once I am registered?
October 17: Voter Registration Deadline for General Election
October 28: November 5: Early Voting Period
October 31: Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election
November 6, by 3:00 P.M.: Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for General Election
November 7: General Election Day
November 7: Deadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the General Election
November 13: Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election
Voting for people with disabilities
State and federal laws require that polling places and voting machines be accessible to people with disabilities. In particular, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires that the voting process “be accessible for individuals with disabilities, including nonvisual accessibility for the blind and visually impaired, in a manner that provides the same opportunity for access and participation (including privacy and independence) as other voters.”
People with mental illness are generally permitted to vote unless a judge determines that they lack the capacity to vote. People do not lose the right to vote if they have a guardian, unless the guardianship order declares that the person lacks the capacity to vote.
HAVA can be enforced through private litigation or through the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Department, Voting Division, at 1-800-253-3931. The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General has a voting accessibility concern and complaint process and can be contacted at (609) 292-3760. On Election Day, Disability Rights New Jersey has a toll-free Hotline for people with disabilities who have voting questions or issues, at (866) 493-0023 or you can contact DRNJ by email at [email protected].
If you believe that you were improperly denied the right to vote on Election Day, you can apply to the New Jersey Superior Court in your county for relief. Each court has an emergent duty judge available on Election Day with authority to hear your complaint and to issue an order permitting you to vote. To find your local New Jersey Superior Court, see Local Courthouse Addresses (from New Jersey Courts) or call 1-877-NJVOTER for further information.
If you are not a U.S. Citizen
You should not register to vote as doing so may jeopardize your immigration status or your ability to become a legal permanent resident in the future.
If you speak a language other than English
Voter registration applications are available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Korean, Gujarati, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. You can find the applications at Registration Information (from the NJ Department of State).
This information last reviewed: Sep 29, 2023