New Voter Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a new voter? Haven't voted in a while but are making this your year to get involved? Whatever your reasons, thank you for getting involved in the political process. Your vote is your voice in our Democracy and it will be heard on Election Day.
Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about voting and Election Day. We hope you find the content helpful and congratulations on being an informed voter!
Q: When is Election Day?
A: Election Day is always the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. In 2011, Election Day is November 8, 2011.
Q: Who are we voting for on November 8, 2011?
A: This year, all 120 seats of the NJ State Legislature are up for election. New Jersey is divided into 40 Legislative Districts and each district has one State Senator and two State Assemblypersons. You will be voting for who you want to be your State Senator and your two representatives in the State Assembly. In addition, some counties and local governments also have elections for County Freeholder, Mayor and Town Council.
Q: How do I know who the candidates are?
A: Each County Board of Elections will mail you a sample ballot which has all the people running for office in your town, county, and legislative district. In addition, you can visit our "Find Your Candidate Page" by clicking the link. Fill in your information and your candidate list will appear.
Q: Does the NJ Prosperity Project have voter resources (polling place, registration, early voting) in one place?
A: Yes, we do. Please visit our "Register and Vote" page. Type in your 5-digit zip code and all the information will be provided to you.
Q: What if I do not get a sample ballot?
A: If you do not get a sample ballot, you might not be registered to vote. Please call your County Board of Elections. Those numbers can be found by visiting the NJ Division of Elections Page.
Q: Where do I vote?
A: Every registered voter is assigned a polling place. You can find your polling place by clicking here.
Q: What if I cannot make it to my polling place on Election Day?
A: In New Jersey, every registered voter has the opportunity to Vote By Mail. This allows you to skip the polls on Election Day but have your vote count. You can fill out a Vote By Mail form by clicking here. Just fill out the information, mail it to your County Election office, and you will receive your mail in ballot.