Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 5th 2018
Whether it's your first or 50th time voting, it's good to review the basics to make sure that everything goes smoothly.
1. Make sure that you are registered
- Last day to register to vote in the June Primary is May, 15, 2018
- Last day to apply by mail for mail in ballot is May 29, 2018
Voters who do not specify a political party affiliation when they register to vote are listed as unaffiliated.
- Affiliated voters may change their status to unaffiliated or to another political party if they wish, although any such change must be filed with the state 55 days before the primary election.
- New Jersey is a closed primary state.This means that only voters who affiliate with a political party may vote in that party's candidate selection process (i.e., the primary election). However, unaffiliated voters may declare their party affiliation up to and including the day of the primary election.
- Unaffiliated status does not affect participation in general elections.
2. Find your polling place
3. Time Block Election Day
Polls are open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. NJ, unfortunately, does not require employers to grant time off to employees to vote, so plan your day so that you have time to vote.
4. Bring ID
You may be asked to show ID, so bring one of the following with you:
"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" (Source: NJ Dept of State)
If you have any question about voting before election day, contact the election office in your county.
If you any problems voting on election day, ask for a provisional ballot.
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