How to Vote in New Jersey’s 2022 Elections

Posted on 11/24/21 by Andrew Soergel

En español | New Jersey’s June 7 primaries will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • All registered voters can request a no-excuse vote-by-mail ballot and vote from home in June’s primaries and November’s general election.
  • Early in-person voting was introduced in New Jersey in 2021. You can vote early and in person at an early voting site starting June 3 for the primary and Oct. 29 for the general election.
  • The state’s primary election is Tuesday, June 7; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.


How do I register to vote?

  • Online: Use the state’s voter information portal once it's been updated with 2022 election information. You’ll need to provide your date of birth and either a driver’s license or ID issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission or your Social Security number. The deadline to register is May 17 for the primary and Oct. 18 for the general election.

You can check if you are registered to vote through the online New Jersey Division of Elections voter search tool.

Election Ballot Drop Box in Hoboken, New Jersey

Does my party affiliation matter when I vote?

It does in the primary, when you can only vote for the party with which you’re affiliated. If you’re a registered voter who isn’t affiliated with a political party, you can decide which primary to vote in.

If you’d like to change your affiliation and vote in another primary, you’ll need to do so by April 13, 55 days before the election.

How can I get a vote-by-mail ballot? Are there important deadlines?

Any registered voter can request a no-excuse vote-by-mail ballot and vote from home in the June primaries and in November’s general election.

You can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by mail or in person. 

  • By mail: Download, print and complete your county’s vote-by-mail application and mail it to your county election clerk, or contact your clerk and ask that an application be mailed to you. Applications sent through the mail must be received by May 31 to count in the primary and by Nov. 1 for the general election.

You can return your mail-in ballot by mail or in person:

  • By mail: Mail your ballot to your county board of elections office. Your primary ballot must be postmarked by June 7 at 8 p.m. and received by June 13. Your general election ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 8 and received by Nov. 14.

Note that a vote-by-mail ballot cannot be returned to your polling place — you must submit it to your county board of elections office. You can track the status of your ballot through the track my ballot portal once it's been updated with 2022 election information.

Can I vote in person before Election Day?

Yes, you can vote at early voting locations starting on June 3 for the primary and Oct. 29 for the general election. Hours may vary, so use the state's voter information portal once it's been updated for the 2022 elections to find your county's early voting sites.

When is Election Day? When are polls open?

The primary election is Tuesday, June 7. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m, and you’ll be able to vote as long as you’re in line before polls close. Use the state's voter information portal once it's been updated with 2022 election information to find a polling place near you.

The general election is Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Do I need identification to vote?

Most voters won’t need identification to vote in person, but some first-time voters may be asked to provide a copy of their ID to vote by mail. You’ll receive a notice with your vote-by-mail ballot if you need to provide a copy of your driver’s license or other acceptable form of ID.

In some cases, you may need to show ID if you didn’t provide certain personal information when you registered to vote, but you may still be able to cast a provisional paper ballot.

What races are on the ballot?

  • U.S. House
  • The state held its big statewide election in 2021, though several local offices are on the ballot

Editor’s note: This guide, originally published on Aug. 14, was updated on Nov. 24 with information about how to vote in 2022. Voting rules, procedures and candidates may change before Election Day. We’ll keep this guide updated, so bookmark this page and check back.

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