NJ Voter Registration Application Form (2016)
IMPORTANT VOTING INFORMATION
Please be sure to check your sample ballot before each Election for your correct Voting Ward & District and polling location.
A person may Register
to vote who is:
- A United States citizen.
- At least 18 years of age by Election Day.
- A New Jersey resident at least 30 days before the election.
- Not in jail, on probation or parole because of a felony conviction.
- Registered to vote at least 21 days before the election.
Voters whose registrations are received after the filing deadline will be eligible to vote in the next election.
IDENTIFICATION (ID) REQUIREMENTS
If you register to vote by mail for the first time in your county, you will have to provide some form of identification.
If you register by mail, you will be asked by your County Commissioner of Registration to provide your driver’s license number or the last four numbers of your social security number. The numbers are kept confidential and are not given to anyone.
If you do not have a driver’s license number or a social security number, you can give a copy of a photo ID or a copy of a document that has your name and address on it.
Here are some examples:
A current and valid photo ID, such as:
- NJ driver’s license
- US passport
- Military or other government ID
- Student or job ID
- Store membership ID, like a Sam’s Club or Costco card
Or any document with your name and address:
- Bank statement
- Car registration
- Government check or document
- Rent receipt
- Utility bill
- Any other official document
QUICK FACT: If you walk in your Voter Registration Application to your Municipal Clerk or County Commissioner of Registration, you will not have to provide identification.
QUICK TIP: If you registered by mail after July 1, 2003 and did not provide ID before voting for the first time, you will have to show ID in order to vote in the voting machine at the polling place. If you do not show ID, you will have to vote by Provisional Ballot.
It is now the law that any voter can vote by mail-in ballot for any election.
Note: A voter may apply for a Mail-In Ballot by mail up to 7 days prior to the election. He or she may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3PM the day before the election.
Mail-In Ballot Applications must go to your County Clerk's Office.
MAIL-IN BALLOT APPLICATION PROCESS
To get a mail-in ballot, you must fill out an application. You can get a mail-in ballot application from your Municipal Clerk or from the County Clerk’s Office. You can also download an application here.
QUICK FACT: Once you apply for a Mail-In Ballot, you will not be permitted to vote by machine at your polling place in the same election.
Make sure you properly fill out the Application:
- Print your name and address.
- You must Sign and Date the Application.
- A Power of Attorney signature on behalf of a voter is not acceptable.
- If You do not sign the application, it will be rejected.
- If You receive assistance in completing the application, the name, address, and signature of the assistor must be provided.
AUTHORIZED MESSENGER APPLICATION PROCESS
You can ask someone to be your Authorized Messenger to go to the County Clerk’s office to get your ballot.
- At the bottom of the application, you must write the name of the person you choose as your Authorized Messenger.
- No one can be your Authorized Messenger without your permission.
- The Authorized Messenger must be a family member (that includes any adult who is living in the same household as you) or another registered voter of your county.
- No Authorized Messenger can be a candidate in the election in which you are requesting a mail-in ballot.
- No Authorized Messenger can serve as a messenger for more than TEN qualified voters per election.
- You must sign the bottom of the application under the name of the Authorized Messenger.
- The Authorized Messenger must show a photo ID to the County Clerk before getting your ballot.
- Once your Authorized Messenger gets your Mail-In Ballot from the County Clerk, the messenger must bring it to you.
- No one can vote your ballot but you.
- Do not allow anyone to take your unvoted ballot from you.
VOTING YOUR MAIL-IN BALLOT
- You have the right to vote your Mail-In Ballot in private.
- You have the right to decide for yourself how you will vote.
- No one has the right to tell you how to vote.
- No one can demand you to tell them how you voted.
You must complete your ballot without help from someone else except:
- A family member can always help you.
- Someone who is not a family member can help you, but only if you are a sick and incapacitated voter.
- Whoever provides you assistance with your ballot, must fill out the assistor portion of the Mail-In Ballot Certificate. The Certificate is attached to the small envelope you get with the Mail-In Ballot.
- A candidate can never help you with your Mail-In Ballot.
Make Sure Your Mail-In Ballot will be Counted
- Sign your name on the certificate or your ballot will not be counted.
- If someone assists you in completing your ballot, the assistor must sign the certificate. If this is not done, your ballot will not be counted.
- If you are voting for the first time in a primary election, make sure you write in your party on the mail-in ballot certificate.
- Don’t vote for more candidates that allowed on the ballot. This is called an overvote. If you overvote, the votes for that office will not be counted.
- Put your voted ballot inside the small envelope and seal it.
- Do not detach the certificate. Leave it on the small envelope.
- Put the small envelope inside the larger envelope that is addressed to the Board of Elections and seal it.
- If both envelopes are NOT sealed, the ballot will not be counted.
- Your ballot must get to the Board office no later than the close of the polls on election day. That is usually 8:00 p.m. on election night (9:00 p.m. for school elections).
- If the ballot does not get to the Board office by that time, it will not be counted.
Delivery of a Mail-In Ballot
- You may ask someone to deliver your ballot to the Board of Elections Office or to drop it in a mailbox if you can not get it to the Board Office yourself,
- This person is called the bearer of your ballot.
- You choose who the bearer of your ballot will be, BUT – NO CANDIDATE IN THE ELECTION IN WHICH YOU ARE VOTING BY MAIL-IN BALLOT CAN BE A BEARER.
- No one can be the bearer of your ballot without your approval.
- The bearer can not take the ballot from you unless he or she first fills out, in front of you, the “bearer portion” on the envelope addressed to the Board of Election. If this is not done, the ballot will not be counted.
QUICK FACT: You must apply for a Mail-In Ballot for each election, unless you designate otherwise under "Voter Option"
- YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE WITH A MILITARY MAIL-IN BALLOT IF:
- YOU ARE IN THE MILITARY SERVICE
- YOU ARE A SPOUSE OR DEPENDANT OF SOMEONE IN THE MILITARY
- YOU ARE A PATIENT IN A VETERAN’S HOSPITAL
- YOU ARE A CIVILIAN ATTACHED TO THE ARMED FORCES
THE LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR AN MILITARY MAIL-IN BALLOT BY MAIL IS 7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ELECTION
VOTING BY PAPER PROVISIONAL BALLOT
- You can not vote in the voting machine and must vote by Paper Provisional Ballot if:
- Your voter registration information is not complete in the poll book. For example, if your signature is missing.
- You moved from your registered address to another one in the same county and did not tell the Municipal Clerk or County Commissioner of Registration in time before the election.
- You are a first-time registrant by mail in your county after January 1, 2003 and you did not provide ID to the County Commissioner of Registration before the election or you do not show it to the board workers in the polling place on the day of the election.
Completing the Provisional Ballot:
- Complete the provisional ballot affirmation statement that is on the provisional ballot envelope.
- Sign the statement. If you don’t, the ballot will not be counted.
- Place the voted ballot into the envelope and seal it.
- Do not detach the affirmation statement. Keep it on the envelope.
- After you give your provisional ballot to a board worker, you must be given a piece of paper that will tell you how you can find out if your ballot was counted by the Board of Elections.
QUICK FACT: You will have up until the close of business the second day after the election to get ID to the County Commissioner of Registration. If you don’t, the ballot will not be counted.