New Jersey ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Governor Murphy announced that the primary election will be rescheduled to July 7 and will be mostly vote-by-mail. Every registered Democrat and Republican will receive a postage-paid mail ballot. Unaffiliated and inactive voters will receive a postage-paid application to vote by mail. In-person polling places will be available in each municipality on July 7. The deadline by which ballots must be received to be counted has been extended to 7 days after the polls close.

Who is eligible to request a mail-in ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered New Jersey voter may apply for a mail-in ballot and vote by mail. No excuse is necessary.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your mail-in ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail-in ballot must match your voter registration signature.

Last update: May 18, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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