IMPORTANT NOTICE: All General Election information presented here, including dates and deadlines, is accurate as of November 2020. The US General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 has now passed. You can still find information on important dates here, including when ballots must be received by your state.

How to vote in New Jersey

The information on this page applies to the November 3, 2020 General Election. Voting for that election has ended in all states.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before Election Day in New Jersey.

To register in New Jersey you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be at least 17 years old (you must be 18 to vote)
  • be a resident of the State and county 30 days before the election
  • not be serving a sentence or on parole or probation as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Vote in person

Due to COVID-19, in-person services may have limited availability. Contact your local election office to confirm. See CDC guidance on safe in-person voting.


Vote on Election Day

Voters registered in New Jersey can look up where to vote on New Jersey's site.

Vote early

New Jersey does offer early voting. There are no dates available right now, please check back later.

What to bring

  • If you've voted in New Jersey before, you don't need to provide ID to vote.
  • If you're voting for the first-time in your county, registered to vote by mail, and didn't provide an ID number or copy of ID when you registered, you must show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include: NJ driver's license, with or without a photo; military or other government ID; student ID; employee ID; store membership card; US passport; or bank statement, car registration, government check or document, rent receipt, sample ballot, utility bill, or any other official document.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.

Vote by mail

    See what's on the ballot

    Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Ballotpedia.

    Get step-by-step help

    TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

    Election Day registration

    New Jersey does not offer registration on Election Day.

    Military and overseas voters

    Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your election official for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
    1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
    2. Send the application to your election official.
    3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
    4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
    5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
    If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
    • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
    • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
    The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in New Jersey. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

    Check your voter registration status

    You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using New Jersey's voter registration lookup tool.

    Election contact information for New Jersey

    Address:
    Secretary of State
    20 W State Street, 4th Floor
    Trenton, NJ 08608

    Phone Number:
    (609) 292-3760

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