Voting I.D. Requirements
Pursuant to the federal "Help America Vote Act of 2002" (HAVA), if you registered to vote by mail in your county after January 1, 2003, and never voted in a federal election in the county, you were required to provide your county commissioner of registration with identification.
Voting at your designated Polling Location
To find your polling place, use our polling place search. If you did not provide identification to the county commissioner of registration or if the identification information could not be verified (i.e., your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number), YOU MUST SHOW IDENTIFICATION AT THE POLLING PLACE WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE.
Vote by Mail Ballot
A voter may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot and returning the application to their County Clerk. To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election.
Identification may include, but not limited to, any Current and Valid Photo ID:
- NJ driver's license
- Military or other Government ID
- Student or Job ID
- Store Membership Card
- United States Passport,
- Bank statement
- Car registration
- Government check or document
- Non-photo NJ driver's license
- Rent receipt
- Sample Ballot
- Utility bill
- or any other official document
If you show identification, you will vote in the voting machine.
If you do not show identification, you will vote by provisional ballot and have until the close of business on the second day after the election to provide identification to the applicable county election office. You will be given a hand-out at the polling place that will tell you which county election office to contact.
YOU SHOULD BRING IDENTIFICATION WITH YOU TO THE POLLING PLACE IN CASE YOU NEED IT.
Voter Rights & Accessibility
Voting is one of the most precious rights we have as Americans. Of course, it was not always that way. Over time, many people in our nation fought - and some gave their lives - for the cause of equal voting rights for all individuals. That tells us something about the power of the vote. Like all hard-won rights, voting is something we should not treat lightly. It is a right we should respect, and it is a right we should exercise.
Voting Right Restoration - Voting Rights of Ex-Felons in New Jersey
If you are no longer serving a sentence, or no longer on parole or probation..., you CAN vote in NJ by completing a new voter registration form. If you have any questions, contact your County Commissioner of Registration.
Voter Report Form for Polling Place Accessibility Concerns
Use this simple form to electronically submit detailed descriptions of any difficulties you might have experienced while voting and/or accessing your polling location.
With the passage of the "Help America Vote Act of 2002" states are required to actively intergrate persons with disabilities into the electoral process. To assist State Board of Elections in this process, The United Spinal Association, a national veterans service and disability rights organization, has produced the booklet titled Disability Etiquette. This booklet was designed to help its readers in becoming more aware of what is appropriate conduct when interacting with a person with a disability.
Voting Advisory Accessibility Committee
Public Law 2005 Ch. 146, which took effect on July 12, 2005, states that a voting advisory committee must be established by the county executive or governing body and shall be composed of 7-11 members. The membership of this committee must be composed of 4 county election board members and 3 public members; a representative of the county executive or governing body, at least one person with a disability, and at least one person with ADA training. The committee would be responsible for physically inspecting each polling place with the assistance of a member with a disability.
The committee shall consult with the county board of elections in reference to any inaccessible polling places within the county. The committee shall also receive notice from the Division of Elections of any complaints regarding inaccessible polling places. The voting accessibility advisory committee will also be responsible for filing the polling place report, including a list of any inaccessible polling places, with the Office of the Secretary of State/Division of Elections and the county board of elections by May 15 of each year. This report will be reviewed by the Secretary of State by July 1 of each year.
Polling Place Accessibility Forms
Provisional Ballot Affirmation Statements
Provisional ballots are paper ballots that are used at the polling place on election day.
You MUST Vote by Provisional Ballot if:
- You are a registered voter in the County who moved within the County and did not notify the County Commissioner of Registration before election day of your current address; or
- Your registration information is not complete in the poll book, for example your signature or address is missing; or
- You are an Active Need ID voter who has not provided identification information; or
- There is a marking in the poll book that you applied for a mail-in ballot, but you tell the board worker:
- you did not apply for one; or
- you applied for a mail in ballot, but did not receive it; or
- you received it, but did not return it.
How to Vote by Provisional Ballot:
- The board worker will give you a paper ballot and an envelope.
- The board worker must provide you with a place to vote the ballot in secret.
- Put the voted ballot in the envelope and seal it.
- Sign and complete the Affirmation Statement that is attached to the envelope. DO NOT DETACH the Affirmation Statement. If you do not sign the Affirmation Statement, your ballot will not be counted.
- Give the envelope to the board worker.
- Watch the board worker put the envelope into the provisional ballot bag, or you may put your ballot into the bag yourself.
- If you spoil your ballot, you have the right to ask the board worker for another ballot.
No provisional ballot is counted at the polling place. All provisional ballots are taken to the County Commissioner of Registration’s office after the close of the polls for verification and counting by the County the County Board of Election.
How does a voter find out if their Vote by Mail or Provisional Ballot was counted?
All voters can call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837) after the election to find out whether their Vote by Mail or Provisional ballot was counted or the reason it was rejected.