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Here’s what you need to know for Election Day!

 

For information about VOTER REGISTRATION click here.

The following information is provided by the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Elections.

1. Polling Locations

**Remember that you must vote according to the address you used for registration.**

Rutgers New Brunswick/North Brunswick/Piscataway students, click here to find your polling location.

Camden Campus
Rutgers Campus Center
326 Penn Street
Camden, NJ 08102

Newark Campus
Conklin Hall
175 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102

Don’t live in the residence halls and want to find your polling location? Search for your polling place here.

Questions relating to polling and polling locations should be directed to the New Jersey Division of Elections at: http://www.njelections.org/

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2. Polling Hours

Polling locations are open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.

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3. Voting by Mail

Any registered New Jersey voter can vote by mail in any election for any reason. A Vote by Mail ballot application for New Jersey can be found by clicking here. Not from NJ? Go here and get a Vote By Mail Ballot Application! A voter may Vote by Mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot and returning the application to his/her County Clerk. To receive the ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election. The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Oversease Voter, since an original signature is required.

**Please be aware that you must pay for postage for both the application and the ballot.

****Also be aware: if you apply for Vote By Mail and change your mind and go to the polls, you will NOT be able to use a voting machine. You MUST vote ON PAPER.

If you have any questions, you can call the New Jersey Division of Elections at 1-877- NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837).

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4. Voting by Mail Deadlines

If you want to receive your Vote by Mail ballot in the mail, the County Clerk must receive your Vote by Mail application no later than seven days before the election. You can get a Vote by Mail ballot in person at the County Clerk’s office up until 3:00 pm the day before the election.

Vote by Mail ballots must be received by the Board of Election by the close of polls on Election Day.

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5. What to do at the Polling Place

When you arrive at your polling location, you will be asked to state your name by the poll worker. The poll worker will find your name in the registration book and you will have to sign your name. You will then be asked to sign the voting authority book and be given a voting authority slip that will allow you to vote on the voting machine. If the poll worker cannot find your name in the registration book and you are sure that you are registered, call the Board of Elections to find out at which polling place you should be voting OR you are entitled to vote by provisional ballot (see “what is a provisional ballot?).

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6. Bringing ID on Election Day

New Jersey Residents
You do not have to provide ID to vote in NJ unless you did not provide identification information when you registered or if you are a first time registrant by mail in New Jersey, and the identification information you gave could not be verified (i.e., your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number). If you are not sure if any of these situations apply to you, then you should bring ID. Even if you did provide the proper identification at your registration, just to be safe, we recommend that you bring some form of identification anyway.

Out of State Residents

Click here for voter ID requirements for your state.

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7. Acceptable Forms of Identification

An identifying document may include, but is not limited to:

Any valid and current photo ID:

NJ driver’s license
Military or other Government ID
Student or Job ID
Store Membership Card

Any current document with your name and address on it:

Bank statement
Pay check
Car registration
Rent receipt
Sample Ballot
Government check or document
Utility bill
Non-photo NJ driver’s license

If you have the proper identification, you will vote in the voting machine. If you do not show identification, you will vote by provisional ballot and have until the close of business on the second day after the election to provide identification to the applicable county election office. You will be given a hand-out at the polling place that will tell you which county election office to contact. In New Brunswick, the County Board of Elections is at 11 Kennedy Blvd, East Brunswick, NJ, 08816. Their phone number is 732-745-3471. The fax number is 732-214-1656.

For more information or other options, visit the NJ Division of Elections.

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8. What to Wear

New Jersey law prohibits voters from displaying campaign buttons or campaign clothing, such as hats or t-shirts, in polling places. Polling places are considered “protected zones” beginning from 100-feet outside the entrance of each polling place and extending into the polling room where the voting machine is located. Any person who enters a polling place wearing a campaign button or campaign clothing will be asked to remove, cover up or turn the clothing inside out.

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9. Provisional Ballot

Provisional ballots are paper ballots that are used at the polling place on Election Day under the following circumstances:

  1. If your registration information is missing or is incomplete in the poll book.
  2. You moved from your registered address to another in the same county and did not notify your local election officials.
  3. You did not provide the required identification information on your registration form or you’re a first time registrant by mail in New Jersey and your identification numbers could not be verified and you did not show ID to the poll workers in the polling place. For your provisional ballot to count, you have until the close of business on the second day after the election to provide your county commissioner of registration with the required ID information. You will be given instructions at your polling place on where to bring the ID.
  4. There is a marking in the poll book that you applied for a Vote by Mail ballot, but you did not apply for one, you applied for one but did not receive it, or you received it but did not return it.

Affirmation Statement
Prior to voting the provisional ballot or immediately thereafter, the voter shall complete the affirmation statement attached to the provisional ballot envelope. It is important that all information be completed and the affirmation statement is signed in order for the provisional ballot to be counted.

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10. Emergency Ballot

Emergency ballots are paper ballots used in the polling place if the voting machine(s) becomes inoperable or if there is only one voting machine in the election district and the audio kit is being used for an extended period of time.

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11. Voting Rights Information

A copy of the New Jersey Voters’ Bill of Rights poster is available by clicking here.

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12. Contacting Local Election Officials

A list of local election officials in NJ is available by clicking here. Questions regarding Middlesex County? Call 732-745-3471 or send an email to elections@nullco.middlesex.nj.us.

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13. Sample Ballot

Registered voters should receive a sample ballot in the mail. However, sample ballots for elections can be found online on the Middlesex County website.

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