Voting in New Jersey

The Attorney General is designated the Chief State Election Official under the provisions of the "National Voter Registration Act of 1993," (NVRA), Pub. L. 103-31 and is responsible for its implementation in New Jersey. The Division of Elections coordinates the State's NVRA effort on behalf of the Attorney General and is also the filing officer for petitions for State and Federal offices and advertises and certifies state ballot questions and bond issues placed on the ballot. The Division also assists county election officials, county clerks and the public on matters of election administration. The Division also certifies and publishes election results and certifies voting machines.

Who Can Register:
To register in New Jersey you must be:

You are not eligible to register to vote if you are serving a sentence or on parole or probation, as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law or have been adjudged mentally incompetent.

How to Register:
Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections (see list). The Absentee Ballot Application needs to be mailed or delivered to the County Clerks Office in the county where you reside (see list).

Where to Register:
Applications for registration can be obtained from the Division of Elections, the Commissioners of Registration office in the County where you live or from your Municipal Clerk. Registration forms are also available in various State agencies and at Division of Motor Vehicle offices and can be obtained while transacting agency business. You can also print a registration form (28k pdf) and after entering required data, mail it to the Commissioners of Registration office in the county where you reside. In addition, this form can be used for name and address changes. The Commissioners of Registration cannot accept faxed copies or an electronic transmission of a voter registration form since an original signature is required. The registrant must down load the form and send the hard copy to the Commissioner of Registration. The registration deadline to vote at the next election is 29 days prior to election day.

Party Declaration:
A registered voter desiring to affiliate with a party or change their party affiliation must file a Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form 50 days before an election. You can print and complete the Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form (see links below) and mail it to the Commissioner of Registration for the county in which you reside. These cards are also available at your local Commissioner of Registration Office. The Commissioners of Registration cannot accept faxed copies or an electronic transmission of Party Affiliation Declaration Forms, since an original signature is required.