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Hello New Jersey!

Before you can vote, you’ve gotta be registered. If you’re not sure whether you’re registered already, you can check using the link in the description.

If you’re not registered yet, or you’ve moved or changed your name since the last time you voted, you can print off the form using the link below and mail it in by October 16th if you want to be registered in time for the November general election. Otherwise, you can find a paper application at a DMV office, or a whole bunch of social service agencies if you don’t have access to a printer. The full list of places you can pick up a form is in the description.

Once you’re registered, you get to vote. If you’d rather vote from the comfort of your own home, you should apply for an absentee ballot. All you have to do is go to the link below, scroll all the way down to the bottom and pick the right form for your county, and send it in by October 30th.

The sooner you apply, the sooner you get your ballot, so just open up a new tab and get your form right now. Then all you have to do is wait for your ballot to show up in the mail, fill it out at your own pace and send it back so that your county clerk gets it by November 6th. If you really want that in person voting experience, though, you can vote on November 6th between 6am and 8pm.

There’s a link in the description that will tell you where you need to go to vote. If you didn’t show an ID when your registered, you’ll need to show one when you go vote. This could be a photo ID, like a driver’s license, state ID, student ID or passport, or a proof of residence like a recent utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck with your name and address on it.

Either way, the election workers at your polling place are there to help you vote, so don’t be afraid to ask questions if you aren’t sure you have what you need. I also recommending look a sample ballot ahead of time. You can get one on your county clerk’s website, they’re all listed at the link below, and it’ll tell you everything that you’ll be able to vote for in the midterms.

You don’t have to vote for every single thing on the ballot for it to be counted, but if you want a chance to do some research on the candidates in your local elections, it’s a pretty good idea to look at a sample ballot first. You can even fill it out and bring it to the polls with you, so you can have a reminder of how you want to vote. One last thing: if you’re going to vote—open up your notes app or grab a piece of paper and make a plan.

Write down when and how you’re going to register, what time you’re going to vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re going to use if you need one, even who you’re going to bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 6th. There will be links for everything you need to check your registration, vote by mail, and find your polling location are in description.

Thank you for voting.