When it is time to choose government officials, it is the responsibility of the citizens to exercise suffrage. An election is a day to express perspectives and celebrate freedom by choosing the best candidates to lead the country. If you are a first time voter in New Jersey, make yourself aware of these facts before casting your votes.

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Register. Make Your Vote Count

Before registering, you must be able to comply with the requirements. You must be a United States citizen, at least 18 years old prior to the schedule of the next election. You must also attain your citizenship in the country 30 days before the election. If you are eligible to vote due to compliance of these requirements, take note of the following limitations:

  • If you are currently convicted, under probation, or serving a parole caused by a violation of a state or national law, you are not allowed to register to vote. But if you have finished serving your sentence, you can vote again by completing a new voter’s registration form.
  • If you have been detained while waiting for your pre-trial or have recently bailed out of jail, you still reserve your right to vote.

Registration forms are always available from the Division of Elections and the Commissioners of Registration of the county you are living in. Other organizations and agencies where you can register are as follows:

  • Division of Developmental Abilities
  • Armed Forces of the United States Recruitment Office
  • Commission of the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infant, and Children
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services under Department of Labor
  • Office of Disability Services under the Department of Human Services

MVC Speeds Up Registration Process

The Motor Vehicle Commission or MVC helps in speeding up the voter registration process by means of sending all applied driver’s license to registration offices. The MVC also offers the applicant to apply for new registration or update an existing voter’s profile upon his application of driver’s license. In order to register to vote in New Jersey, you must be at least 18 years of age prior to the date of the election, a US citizen, and a resident of the country at least a month before the Election Day.

Once you have successfully registered as a voter, you will be asked to bring the following identification cards to the polling centers, otherwise, your right to vote at that time will be forfeited until you present the necessary requirements.

  • Driver`s license
  • Student or company ID
  • Military or government ID
  • United States passport, OR
  • Bank statement
  • Car registration
  • Sample ballot
  • Any utility bill
  • Government-issued check
  • Rental receipt

For voters outside the country, you may download the registration form online and you will be receive an identification request in which you will have to send any identification proof that you are a citizen of the United States and that you are voting overseas due to employment restrictions. Registering to vote in New Jersey state and national elections is fast and convenient if you are eligible according to the mentioned requirements.