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New Jersey Division of Elections

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary

New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way's Election Message

As Secretary of State, it is my legal and moral obligation to ensure ballot access to qualified voters. I am interested in boosting participation and combating the disturbing trend of voter suppression we’ve witnessed around the country.

The surest way to keep government honest is utilizing the franchise of voting. What many people don’t realize is how the right to vote did not come easily. Consider the fact that the 19th Amendment—guaranteeing women that right—was not adopted until 1920. That isn’t so long ago. Before that, women were shut out of voting booths.

As Frederick Douglass said: “Educate your sons and daughters, send them to school, and show them that beside the cartridge box, the ballot box, and the jury box, you also have the knowledge box.”

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Voter Registration Deadlines

  • 09/03/19 September Special School Board Elections
  • 10/15/19 General Election
  • 11/19/19 December Special School Board Elections

 

Election Dates

  • 09/24/19 September Special School Board Elections
  • 11/05/19 General Election
  • 12/10/19 December Special School Board Elections

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Notice NJ DOE Has Moved

The New Jersey Division of Elections office has moved to a new office on the fourth floor of 20 W. State St., Trenton. The Division of Elections will operate as normal and all phone and email contact information is unchanged.

Completed candidate petitions can either be hand-delivered or mailed to the Division of Elections. Please find the addresses listed below:

Office Location:
20 W. State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608

Mailing Address for United States Postal Service:
P.O. Box 304
Trenton, NJ 08625-0304

Delivery address for all other carriers, i.e., UPS, FedEx, etc.:
20 W. State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608

If you have already scheduled a petition filing appointment, your petition will be accepted at our new office location: 20 W. State Street, 4th Floor; Trenton, NJ 08608.

Secretary of State Tahesha Way and the staff of the Division of Elections were saddened to learn of the passing of New Jersey’s longest-serving poll worker, Laura Wooten. Mrs. Wooten, 98, of Lawrence, died March 24. She began serving as a poll worker when Franklin Roosevelt was in office and continued through countless local, primary and general elections in Mercer County for 79 years because of her firm belief in our country’s principles. She knew the value of civic engagement and understood that getting to the polling place was a right and a duty. In an interview in 2018 with News 12 NJ, Wooten stressed the importance of voting and challenged anyone who says their vote doesn’t count. “How can they count if they don’t vote? That’s the only way you can see changes made. And I’ve seen a lot of changes, but there’s still a lot (that) need to be made.”

On this Census Day, as we count down to the next decennial census and the 2020 presidential election, we honor Mrs. Wooten and thank her for her service to our great state and to our country.

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