Voting in NJ
Voting is one of the easiest ways to have your voice heard.
These upcoming elections will determine who will serve as NJ Governor for the next four years. They will also determine who will serve in the State Senate, State House, school board, and in municipal governments.
A Primary Election is a process by which voters can indicate their preference for their party's candidate. The winners within each political party will go on to run in the General Election. The NJ Primary Election will take place on June 8, 2021.
The winners of the Primary Election will run against each other in the General Election. The General Election determines who will be elected to office. The NJ General Election will take place on November 2, 2021.
Register to Vote
To be eligible to vote in New Jersey, individuals must be:
- A United States citizen
- At least 17 years old, though you may not vote until you have reached the age of 18
- A resident of the county for 30 days before the election
Individuals who are currently serving a sentence of incarceration as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States are not eligible to vote.
Eligible individuals must complete a Voter Registration Application online or mail their paper application to the County Commissioner of Registration or their County’s Superintendent of Elections. The registration deadline to vote in the next election is 21 days prior to the election day.
Are you Registered
If you are unsure if you are registered to vote, find out using the Registration Check Tool.
Many Ways to Cast your Ballot
For your ease, New Jersey can accept your ballot in a variety of ways.
Vote by Mail
A voter may vote by mail by completing the Vote by Mail Ballot Application and returning the application to their County Clerk. To receive a ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the Election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 pm, the day before the election.
- Return it by mail - Ballots can be returned via USPS. Ballots must be post marked on or before Election Day and must be received by the County Board of Elections 7 days after Election Day. Use this ballot tracker to track your ballot to see that it gets back to your board of elections.
- Return it by drop box - Secure drop boxes will be located in your area. You can deposit your ballot in the drop box by 8:00 pm on Election Day and it will be brought to your Board of Elections where it will be counted. Find your local ballot drop box location.
- Return it to your County Board of Elections Office – Voters can deliver their ballot in person to the County Board of Elections Office by 8:00 pm on Election Day.
Vote in Person
From 6:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day, voters can go to their local polling place to cast their vote. Voters should user the Polling Place Search to determine their local polling location.
Poll Workers Needed
Citizens of all ages, including college and high school students, are encouraged to apply to be Election Day Poll Workers. Poll Workers ensure that Election Day in New Jersey is conducted with great competence and responsiveness to the public. Find out how you can help.
Trusted Election Officials
Your county election officials are your trusted sources of information. Reach out to your local officials if:
- You think you should report something
- You need help understanding any aspect of your ballot or participating in our election
- You have other questions or concerns about the election process
See something, say something, do something. Call the Voter Protection Hotline at 1-877-NJVOTER if you have a concern related to the election that you would like to report.