- Who can register to vote?
To register in New Jersey you must be:
- A US citizen,
- At least 18 years old on or before the next election,
- Residing at your present address for at least 30 days.
You are not eligible to register to vote if you are serving a sentence or on parole or probation, as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law or have been adjudged mentally incompetent.
- How and where do I register to vote?
Applications for registration can be obtained from the Board of Elections in Newton, from the County Clerk, or your Municipal Clerk. Registration forms are also available in various State agencies and at Division of Motor Vehicle offices.
You can also download a registration form and after writing in the required information, mail it to the Board of Elections. This same form can also be used for name and address changes. Unfortunately, the Board of Elections cannot accept faxed copies or an electronic transmission of a voter registration form since an original signature is required.
If you do not have a printer available call the Board of Elections at (973)579-0950 and a registration can be mailed to your home! Don't forget to register right away because the registration deadline to vote at the next election is 21 days prior to election day!
- What Party Can I Register As?
A registered voter may choose to declare to be a member of any one of these parties:
- U.S. Constitution
- Natural Law
- Socialist Party of New Jersey
Party affiliation forms are available online, through your municipal clerk or call the Board of Elections.
- How Do I Get A Mail-In Ballot?
Mail-In ballot applications may be obtained online or through the County Clerk's office. To find out if you are eligible for a Mail-In ballot, or to request an application, please call the County Clerk at (973)579-0900.
- Where Should I Go To Vote On Election Day?
Sample ballots are mailed out to registered voters seven days before each election. Delivery dates may vary according to each post office. Your sample ballot will show you exactly what the ballot will look like on Election Day and lists the district and polling location that you are registered in. Sample ballots for each election are also available online at the Sussex County Clerk's website.
If you need directions to your polling place your municipal clerk will most likely be able to suggest the best route to your designated poll.
You can also look up your polling place with the Sussex County Election Polling Places application.
If you have been issued a mail-in ballot you may still receive a sample ballot but you can not vote at the polls.
- What will my ballot look like on Election Day?
The screen shots from each sample ballot are posted on the County Clerk's website before every election. If you would like to review what will be on your ballot before you go to the polls, or you can not find your sample ballot, please go here to review your ballot choices.
- Our Electronic Voting Machines
Sussex County has been using touch screen voting machines since 2001. Don't worry! They are very easy to use, and your vote is secure. There is also a special audio ballot offered for visually impaired voters that allows them to vote alone and in complete privacy. Please contact the Board of Elections if you are interested in learning about the accommodations that are available for voters with disabilities in your area.
There are many demonstrations available for the voting machines and one may be arranged for you in person if you call (973)579-0950.
Click here to see our Quick Guide to Voting.
- How do I do a 'Write-In' on the electronic machines?
Writing in a name on Election day is very easy. Click here for step by step directions on how to cast a 'write-in' vote.
- How Do I Find Out About Becoming a Poll Worker?
~ Poll Workers Wanted! ~
The Board of Elections needs active citizens to assist voters on election days. Applications are open to anyone who is a resident of Sussex County, 18 years of age or older, and who is registered to vote. If you would like to help serve your country on election day and are interested in making $200 for each election, please call the Board of Elections today at (973)579-0950! Please go here to download an application.
- How Do I Find Out Election Results?
Election results can be viewed online through the County Clerk's site. Unofficial results are usually posted on election night during and after tallies have finished. A CD version of certified results may be ordered by calling the County Clerk at (973)579-0900.
State-wide results by county can be accessed by clicking here.
- Who can register to vote?