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Information on registering to vote and current NJ elections for eligible Stevens students.

Important NJ Dates

2023 NJ General Election

September 23

Commencement of Mailing of Mail-In Ballots for General Election

 

October 17

Deadline to register to vote in time for the general election

Register to vote online or with a printed form.

 

October 28 - November 5

Early Voting Period

Early voting is available in person at designated county sites and "will be open from at least 10 am to 8 pm on Mondays through Saturdays, and from at least 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays" (per the NJ Division of Elections).

Find your county’s locations at VOTE.NJ.GOV.

 

October 31

Deadline to apply by mail for vote-by-mail ballot

 

November 6

Deadline to apply in person for vote-by-mail ballot by 3:00 p.m.

 

November 7: General Election Day

  • Polling sites are open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Find your polling site on VOTE.NJ.GOV.

  • Vote-by-mail ballot deadlines if returned by...

    • MAIL: Postmarked on or before 8:00 p.m. Election Day and received by your county’s Board of Elections on or before 6 days after Election Day (Nov. 13, 2023)

    • SECURE DROP BOX: 8:00 p.m. on Election Day

    • BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE: 8:00 p.m. on Election Day


VOTER INFORMATION


COLLEGE VOTERS


YOUR RIGHTS AS A VOTER

NJ Voting Info: How to Register

Voter Registration: Who

To register to vote in NJ, you must be:

  • A US citizen;

  • At least 17 (though you cannot vote until you turn 18);

  • A resident of the county for 30 days before the election;

    • COLLEGE STUDENTS:

      • If you are in college, you have the option to register from your college address or your parent's address. Those who live on campus can register to vote at their college address.
      • Commuters, including those who live off campus, must register where they live.
  • Not 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.

    • Note: Once you've completed your sentence and are no longer on parole or probation, you regain the right to vote and must complete a new voter registration form to do so.
    • If you have any questions, please contact your County Commissioner of Registration.
 

The registration deadline to vote in the next election is always 21 DAYS BEFORE that election.


Voter Registration: How

You can register to vote either online or with the general or county-specific voter registration paper form. Along with registering to vote, you can also choose to request a mail-in ballot for the next election, and/or designate a party affiliation.

You should also use a registration form if you are already registered but need to change your address, name or signature on file.

You can return your paper registration forms either through the mail (the earlier the better!) or by bringing them to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for your county.


HOBOKEN RESIDENTS (including students who live on campus)

The local elections offices can help with questions or to drop off a registration form if you don't register online:


NOT SURE IF YOU'RE ALREADY REGISTERED?

Check here:

NJ Voting Info: Mail-In Ballot Voting in NJ

Every active registered voter is eligible to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

Voting by mail lets you cast your vote whenever it's convenient for you, and your ballot can be returned via secure drop box, by mail, or at the county board of elections office.


IMPORTANT DEADLINES

 

To REQUEST a vote-by-mail ballot for one or all future elections

  • MAIL: Send in application by 7 days before the Election

  • IN PERSON: Bring or fill out application at your County Clerk's office by 3:00 p.m. on the day before the Election

 

To RETURN your ballot and vote

  • MAIL: Ballot must be postmarked on or before polls close (usually 8:00 pm) on Election Day and received by your county’s Board of Elections on or before 6 days after Election Day

  • SECURE DROP BOX: Must be in drop box by the close of polls (usually 8:00 pm) on Election Day

  • BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE: Must be received at your Board of Elections office by the close of polls (usually 8:00 pm) on Election Day


APPLICATIONS


TRACK YOUR BALLOT

Your Voter Account will show you the status of your vote-by-mail request or your returned ballot.


COUNTY OFFICIALS


MORE INFO

Authorized Messengers and Bearers
Ballots can be sent to you or picked up by an "Authorized Messenger" (such as a family member; see application for more details) who will then bring it to you. You can also designate a "Bearer" to deliver your completed ballot.

Receive and return the ballot on the same day!
If you apply in person at the County Clerk's office, you can, if you so choose, fill out the ballot and give it right back to the County Clerk, who will make sure it gets to the office of the Superintendent of Elections/Commissioner of Registration and counted accordingly.

Vote by mail OR provisional ballot
Once you apply for a vote-by-mail (VBM) ballot, you won't be able to vote in person at your polling place. If you are listed as having received a VBM ballot but go to your polling place to vote in person, you will still have the option to submit a provisional ballot, which the poll workers are legally bound to give you on request.

NJ Voting Info: What's My District?

a close-up of the 2023-2030 legislative map showing the 32nd district which includes Hoboken and parts of Jersey City and the 31st district, which includes the rest of Jersey CityEvery address in the U.S. is part of a number of different organizational frames known as districts.

What district you are in determines by whom you are represented on the state (legislative) and federal (congressional) level.

Due to Jersey City's size and demographics, it is covered by two congressional and state legislative districts.

Image: A close-up of the 2023-2030 NJ legislative map, showing the 31st/32nd districts.

 

Current districting (as of June 2023)

Municipality

Congressional District

State Legislative District

Hoboken

8th

32nd

Jersey City

8th/10th

31st/32nd

Use the links below to search with a full address.

 

REDISTRICTING

Please note: Following the 2020 Census, the state of New Jersey underwent a redistricting process to ensure the state's congressional and state legislative districts better reflect the state's current population. The federal redistricting map has taken effect and there is no change to either Hoboken or Jersey City's congressional districts.

The new state legislative district map takes effect in the 2023 election cycle, at which point Hoboken will become part of the 32nd legislative district, and Jersey City the 31st and 32nd.

For more information and to find out your new district:


FIND YOUR DISTRICT: US CONGRESS

New Jersey has 12 congressional districts which each elect 1 Representative to serve in Washington, D.C.


FIND YOUR DISTRICT: NJ STATE LEGISLATURE

New Jersey has 40 legislative districts which each elect 1 State Senator and 2 Assembly Members to serve in Trenton, N.J.

NJ Voting Info: Party Affiliation

New Jersey has a closed primary system, which means that only voters affiliated with a major party (Democratic or Republican) may vote in that party's primary election.

When you register to vote, you may choose to affiliate with a party at that time, or you may choose to remain unaffiliated. Unaffiliated voters may vote in the general election but not in a primary unless they declare their affiliation.

To declare or change a party affiliation, a Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form must be sent to the Commissioner of Registration for the county in which you’re registered, or you may submit a voter registration form to update your registration.

  • Unaffiliated voters have until the day of the primary election to declare an affiliation (and can do so at their polling place).
  • Affiliated voters who want to change their party affiliation must send the form by no later than 55 days before the election

FORM


WHERE TO SEND IT

NJ Voting Info: Do I Need ID?

In New Jersey, most voters will not need to bring a form of identification with them to vote.

 

Who needs to show ID?

  • First-time voters or those who had not shown identification while voting for the first time in a prior election
  • Voters who have previously voted by mail and are voting in a federal election in person for the first time
  • Voters who did not include their full identifier (driver's license, Social Security number, or other means) on their voter registration form

 
Identification may include, but is not limited to, any current and valid photo ID:
  • NJ driver’s license; Military or other Government ID; Student or Job ID; Store Membership Card; or
  • Any current document with your name and address on it, including but not limited to bank statement, car registration, sample ballot, utility bill, pay check, rent receipt, government check or document, non-photo NJ driver’s license

 

More information can be found on the Voter Bill of Rights poster.