Know Your Rights!
Your vote is important. The nonpartisan LWVNJ and ACLU-NJ Voter Protection Project is dedicated to protecting everyone's right to vote. If you have any questions about voting or encounter any problems, please call 1-800-792-VOTE (8683) for assistance.
If you are not allowed to vote, you have the right to present your case to an election judge on Election Day who will determine your eligibility to vote.You can register to vote if:
- You are a US citizen, you are currently 17 years of age (understanding you may not VOTE before your 18th birthday), and have been a resident of a New Jersey county for at least 30 days before the election.
- A court has not specifically determined that you lack the mental capacity to understand the act of voting. A guardianship order or placement in a mental hospital that does specifically revoke your voting rights is not enough.
- You are not in prison, on probation or on parole for a felony conviction. If you're serving time for a misdemeanor or civil matter you can still vote. You have the right to register and to vote from jail using a vote by mail ballot. If you lost your voting rights for a felony conviction, your right to vote is restored once you complete your sentence, probation and parole. You must re-register to vote, even if you were registered before your conviction.
- To vote without intimidation, threats, coercion, or interference.
- To bring your children into the voting booth with you.
- To file a signed or anonymous written complaint at your polling place or by mail, telephone, or online if you are dissatisfied with the way the election is being run.
- To bring someone of your choice into the voting booth to assist you with voting if you cannot read or write English or have a disability. You can also request special assistance from the poll worker.
- To vote by an emergency paper ballot if the machines are malfunctioning. Emergency ballots are counted automatically.
- To be given a provisional ballot if you are not allowed to vote on a machine or by emergency ballot, with written instructions about your provisional ballot and how to find out if it was counted. Your eligibility to vote must be verified by the county before your provisional ballot is counted.
- To vote under your original name if you have changed your name since registering to vote.
- To ask for assistance from a poll worker.
- You believe you are entitled to vote but your name is not on the poll list of voters.
- You have moved recently within your county and have not registered at your new address.
- You are a first-time voter and you did not provide the accepted form of ID when you registered to vote and did not bring it on Election Day. You must bring acceptable ID to the appropriate county office within 48 hours of voting for your provisional ballot to be counted. Poll workers must give you a form that tells you where to bring your ID.
- You requested a vote by mail ballot but didn't receive it in time.