How to Register to Vote in New Jersey

Before you can vote this fall--or in any election--you first need to register to vote. On this page, you'll find information about how to complete your voter registration application.

Many Stockton students are already registered to vote - make sure that you are one of them! 

 

Voter Registration Deadline to participate in 2021 general elections:

October 12, 2021

Already registered to vote? That’s great! 

Remind your friends to register and be sure to vote this fall. If you need information about how to cast your ballot, visit our options for voting in New Jersey page.

Not sure if you're already registered to vote? 

Sometimes, people are registered to vote already and don't realize it. Check your voter registration status here


Not registered to vote? There are two ways you can register to vote in New Jersey-online or by mail.

 

Registering to vote online

Visit the New Jersey Online Voter Registration website and click “Get Started!” to begin the online voter registration application. Watch this short tutorial by a Stockton student to walk through the online voter registration process, and learn more below!

 

The online voter registration application asks you to:

  • Certify your eligibility to vote. The first page of the application asks you to certify and attest that you are (1) a U.S. citizen, (2) a New Jersey resident who will have resided in the state and county where you are registering for at least the 30 days before the next election, (3) at least 17 years old, and (4) not currently serving a sentence of incarceration for a conviction.
  • Provide personal information. On the second page of the application, you will need to provide your name; date of birth; NJ Driver’s License Number or Non-Driver State Identification Number OR Social Security number; and your residence address. All this information must be provided in order to process your voter registration. 
    • If you select to use your Driver’s License number or ID Card number, your voter registration information is verified with your information on file with the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission. Your digitized signature on file with the Motor Vehicle Commission will be pulled and assigned to your voter registration.
    • If you select to use your Social Security number, you will be asked to enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security number and use your cursor to provide your digital signature. The signature that you provide here will be your official signature on file with your registration, so sign as clearly and legibly as possible. 
  • Identify your political party affiliation. The third page of the application asks you if you wish to declare a political party affiliation. If you consider yourself part of a political party, you can select the party you identify with from the list provided. You may choose not to affiliate with a party by selecting “Unaffiliated (No, I do not wish to be affiliated with a political party)”.
    • Why does the voter registration application ask for your political party? New Jersey is a closed primary state, meaning only declared members of political parties can vote in primary elections for local, state and national office. If you declare a party affiliation here, that means you are eligible to participate in that party’s primary elections. If you choose to remain unaffiliated, you will be able to participate in all general elections, but you will not be able to vote in primary elections.
  • Submit. The final page of the application asks you to review your application content. This page also includes a statement that lays out the penalties in place for submitting a false or fraudulent voter registration and asks you to agree that you understand these penalties. 

 

Registering to vote by mail

New voters can also use a hard copy application form, available from the NJ Voter Registration page.

  • To register using this form, you need to print and complete the form for the county where you would like to register.
  • The completed form should be mailed back to the County Clerk’s office – the address is listed on the second page of the registration form. No postage is needed. You can just fold up the sheet of paper, tape it closed, and drop it in the mail.  

 

Where should you register to vote?

Where you register determines where you vote on Election Day. You can register in hometown, at your current address, or even at your Stockton address if you’re a residential student living on campus.

  • Galloway campus residential students should use 101 Vera King Farris Drive, MSC-XXXX (mailbox#), Galloway, NJ 08205-9441 when registering to become a voter at your campus address.
  • Atlantic City campus residential students should use 3701 Boardwalk, Apt #XXX, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401 when registering to become a voter at your campus address.

 

When should you register to vote? 

The upcoming voter registration deadline in New Jersey is Tuesday October 12, 2021. You need to have your registration form mailed in by that date. Why wait? Go ahead and register now!

 

Have any questions about voter registration? Please contact us at stocktonvotes@gmail.com -- we would like to help make sure you are able to get registered! 

Are you a voter in another state? Reach out to us at stocktonvotes@gmail.com and we can help you find out how to register and vote in your home state.