In case you haven't heard, there's an election coming up.
And with Election Day less than two months away, now's the time—if you haven't already—to register to vote.
Amidst the bluster of the Democratic and Republican conventions and the inevitable mudslinging, lofty promises and debates among friends and family, it’s important to remember none of it matters if you don’t exercise your right to vote.
The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 16. Applications must be filled out for new voters and if you’ve moved or changed your name.
Register by mail
Print and fill out a Voter Application Form from the state. Mail the form to:
Burlington County Commissioner of Registration
PO BOX 6000
Mount Holly, NJ 08060-9908
The state makes it easy—the application form can be mailed for free by following the folding and taping instructions.
Register in person
You can drop off your pre-completed form in person to the superintendent of elections, Joanne Nyikita, at 755 Eayrestown Road, Mount Holly, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
And you can pick up forms in person from the superintendent of elections at the address above; at the Burlington County Board of Elections (49 Rancocas Road, room G-22, Mount Holly) weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or at Moorestown’s .
College students are permitted to vote from their college address or their parents’ homes. They must file a new application if they’re not already registered where they choose to vote.
Frequently asked questions
How can I tell if I’m already registered? How to do I get a ballot by mail? Do I need an ID to vote? Answers to these questions and more are available from the New Jersey Department of State’s FAQ.