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COVID-19 Voting Update: All registered voters in New Jersey will automatically receive mail-in ballots for the general election. You can return your ballot by mail or to one of the secure drop-off locations. There will still be some in-person voting locations available across the state where voters can cast paper provisional ballots.

[updated September 4, 2020]


Check your registration status:

Register to vote:

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Track your mail-in ballot:

Find your polling location:

Find your sample ballot:

Campus Vote Project:


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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 11th if you want to be registered in time for the November general election. 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 27th.

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 3rd. You can also show up at your county clerk’s office any time from September 17th until 3pm on November 2nd and vote your absentee ballot in person.

If you really want that in person voting experience, though, you can vote on November 3rd between 6am and 8pm. There’s a link in the description that will tell you where you need to go to vote. If this is your first time voting in New Jersey, or if you didn’t show ID when you 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. Before you go vote, you can look at 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 will tell you everything that you’ll be able to vote for this year. 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 gonna vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re going to use if you need one, even who you’re gonna 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 3rd.

There will be links for everything you need to check your registration, vote by mail, and find your polling location in the description. Thanks for being a voter. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.