Voting in New Jersey

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New Jersey permits early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. The state does not permit online voter registration.

For full information about voting in New Jersey, contact the state election agency.


To vote in New Jersey, you must be:[1]

  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years old by the next election
  • A resident of the county for 30 days before the election
  • NOT serving a sentence or on parole or probation, as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law.[2]

—New Jersey Department of State

When and where

The deadline for registration is 21 days prior to the election. A registration application can be downloaded from the state website and submitted by mail or in person to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections.[1]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of April 2015, New Jersey is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

If a voter does not provide valid identification at the time of registration, he or she must show identification at the polling place. Identification includes any valid photo ID or bank statement, car registration, government check or other document. Otherwise, a voter is not required to present identification at the polls.[3]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In New Jersey, all polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.[4]

Primary voting

New Jersey utilizes a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[5][6][7]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in New Jersey. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[8]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the county election office at least seven days prior to the election if returned by mail. It can also be submitted in person to the county election office until 3 p.m. on the day before the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by the time the polls close on Election Day.[9]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

New Jersey allows voters to cast in-person absentee ballots. This allows a voter to fill out a ballot prior to the election and deliver it in person to an election official's office.[10]

Election policy ballot measures

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See also: Elections and campaigns on the ballot and List of New Jersey ballot measures

Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in New Jersey.

  1. New Jersey Election of Comptroller and Elimination of Auditor Amendment (2014)
  2. New Jersey Supreme Court Elections and Tenure Amendment (2014)

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