You are eligible to vote if you are:
- A U.S. Citizen
- At least 18 years old on or before the next election
- Residing at your present address for at least 30 days.
You are not eligible to register to vote if you are serving a sentence or parole or probation, as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under federal or state law or have been adjudged mentally incompetent.
Who should register/re-register?
- People who are eligible to vote but have never registered.
- Voters who have changed their address.
- Voters who have changed their name.
- Voters who have not voted in a long time and believe their name may have been removed from the registration lists. (When in doubt— REGISTER!).
Applications for registration can be obtained from:
- On the web
- Your municipal or county clerk
- Various State agencies including the Motor Vehicle Commission
Vote by mail
In New Jersey, a civilian absentee voter is defined as any qualified and registered voter of the state who wants to vote by absentee ballot. You can vote by mail (VBM), for any reason, through Election Day.
An absentee ballot is an official ballot that is sent through the mail. You obtain one by filling out an application. If you apply for an absentee ballot you must vote by absentee ballot; you cannot complete the application process and then decide to go to the polls on Election Day. Voting by absentee ballot is just as valid as going to the polls.