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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the New Jersey general Election? 

A: The upcoming general election is on November 2, 2021.

 

Q: When do I need to register in order to vote in the New Jersey local election? 

A: Registration deadline is October 12, 2021.

 

Q: What type of ID do I need to register to vote?

A: New Jersey’s voter registration form asks for your New Jersey driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Failure to provide this information could lead to you having to show additional identification when you vote that shows your picture or your name and address. Make sure to provide this information on the registration form so the state can verify your identity and you don’t run into problems when you cast your ballot.

 

Q: Should I register at home or at school?

A: Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

School address:

  • Students attending college in New Jersey may register at their school address. You must plan to return after temporary absences, like summer break, but do not have to plan to reside at that address permanently.

Permanent address:

  • Students may choose to register or remain registered at a permanent address in New Jersey or outside the state. In this case, students may need to vote by absentee ballot.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

 

Q: What type of ID do I need to vote?

A: Most New Jersey voters do not need to show ID at the polls in order to vote. However if you are a first-time voter who registered to vote by mail without providing either your New Jersey driver’s license number, non-driver ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number, you will need to show valid ID before voting. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A New Jersey driver’s license or other state-issued ID;
  • A military or other government ID;
  • A student or job ID;
  • A store membership card (like a Costco card); or
  • A bank statement, paycheck, car registration, rent receipt/sample ballot, government document, or utility bill.

 

Q: Where do I vote?

A: Polling place locator online at https://voter.njsvrs.com/elections/polling-lookup.html.

Voters must cast their ballots in the correct precinct. Sometimes there are multiple precincts in one polling place, so confirm your precinct ahead of time and get in the correct line!

 

Q: How can I vote?

A: By Mail

  • Every Active registered voter is eligible to request a vote-by-mail ballot. Please contact your county clerk to submit a request. If you would like to receive your ballot by mail you must request your ballot by Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Otherwise, you must get your vote-by-mail ballot inperson from your county clerk, by November 1st at 3 p.m. You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to return your ballot to the Board of Elections in person or deposit it in one of your county’s secure authorized ballot drop boxes. You can also mail your ballot, it must be postmarked on or before 8:00 p.m. You can find your County Clerk contact information here.

B: In Person

  • You may vote in person at your polling place on election day, November 2. Accommodations will be made for people with disabilities. Go to Vote.NJ.Gov for your polling place, listed on the Polling Locations page. Hours vary by municipality, so please check ahead with your Municipal Clerk.

 

Q: Will voting in New Jersey affect my federal financial aid?

A: Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants and Perkins or Stafford loans or your dependency status regarding FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

 

Q: Will I lose my scholarship if I register to vote in New Jersey?

A: Generally, no. If you receive scholarship money from a state, county, town, or a private entity (i.e., an entity other than the federal government) you should confirm that residency in a particular place is not a requirement of the scholarship and/or that voter registration in New Jersey will not affect your eligibility.

 

Q: Will registering to vote in New Jersey affect my driver’s license or car registration?

A: To register to vote, you must be a resident of New Jersey. Voting in New Jersey may subject you to other laws that govern state residents, including those regarding driver’s licenses and car registration. For more information, you may wish to contact the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

 

Q: Will registering to vote in New Jersey prevent my parents from claiming me as a dependent on their taxes?

A: No. Students are often told that registering to vote in a different state from their parents will make them lose their dependency status. This is not true. Where you register to vote will have no effect on your parent’s tax status.

 

Q: Does being an out of state student for tuition purposes affect my right to vote in my college community?

A: No. You may choose to vote in your college community or back home regardless of your tuition status.

 

Q: Are there ways to change their voter registration address online?

A: Yes. If they are registered to vote in New Jersey they can use the new Online Voter Registration Form. It and additional information regarding Voter Registration in NJ can be found here https://nj.gov/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml  on our new 2020 NJ Voter Information Portal Vote.NJ.Gov. Filling out a new form online will update any address currently on file. Once a change of address is made, as we do with all voter registration related changes or new registrations, we recommend that the voter wait several days and then verify the changes. That can be done here https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check or by contacting your county election official. https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote-county-election-officials.shtml

 

Q: Are ballots allowed to be forwarded?

No, ballots will not be forwarded by the US Postal Service. They are returned to the County Board of Elections who will then try to contact the voter to verify if they still reside at the address. If they don’t verify then the registration is made inactive. So it’s very important that a change of address form be submitted.

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