You can register to vote if:
- You are a United States citizen
- You will be 18 years of age by the next election
- You will be a resident of the county 30 days before the election
- You are NOT currently serving a sentence, probation or parole because of a felony conviction
Voter Registration Application
You may obtain a voter registration application from the Municipal Clerk ’s office, County Clerk’s office, or you can download an application by visiting www.NJElections.org.
Registration by Mail
If you register to vote by mail for the first time in your county, you will have to provide some form of identification. If you register by mail, you are required to provide your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number. The numbers are kept confidential and are not given to anyone.
If you do not have a driver’s license number or a social security number, you can give a copy of a photo ID or a copy of a document that has your name and address on it. Here are some examples:
A current and valid photo ID, such as:
- NJ driver’s license
- US passport
- Military or other government issued ID
- student or job ID
- store membership ID - for example, Sam’s Club or Costco
Any document with your name and address, such as:
- bank statement
- car registration
- government check or document
- rent receipt
- utility bill
- any other official document
In person registration
If you walk in your Voter Registration Application to your Municipal Clerk or County Commissioner of Registration, you will not have to provide identification.
Schedule of Elections
Primary Elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June. The polls for this election are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
General Elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The polls for this election are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
School Elections are held annually on the third Tuesday in April. The polls for this election are determined annually.
It is now the law that any registered voter can vote by absentee ballot for any election. To obtain an absentee ballot, you must fill out an application. You can obtain an absentee ballot application from the Municipal Clerk’s office, County Clerk’s office, or you can also visit www.NJElections.org to download an application. The application must be received by the County Clerk no later than 7 days prior to the election. Walk-in applications may be delivered to the County Clerk who will issue an absentee ballot up until 3:00 p.m. of the day before the election.
Placement on Permanent Absentee List Application
If you are permanently ill or confined, you may request that the Bergen County Clerk Election Division place you on their permanent Absentee List (PAL). You will not receive ballots, but will be mailed applications every January for all upcoming elections for that year in your municipality. You may fill them all out and mail them back together to the Election Division either at the same time or individually at any time prior to the seven (7) day deadline for the election.