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Register. It’s Easier than You Think

By Kiran Kaur '16, Staff Writer

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Voter registration is a fairly simple process. Not only are the voter registration forms available online, but in the school library as well. Anyone can go and fill out a form if they want to be registered to vote.

There are certain requirements that need to be met in order to register to vote in New Jersey. Applicants must be at least seventeen years of age, and they will not be able to vote until they are eighteen. They must be citizens of the United States, and legal residents of the state of New Jersey and their county thirty days ahead of the election they wish to vote in. Additionally, they cannot be on parole, probation, or serving a sentence of any kind.

There is certain information that needs to be provided on the registration form. The form will ask for an applicant’s name and date of birth. Additionally, they will need to provide either their New Jersey license number or the last four digits of their social security number. Applicants will need to provide their address including their county and municipality. Gender will also need to be provided. Finally, the registration will require an applicant to swear to the truth of the document and then sign it. In order to vote in any election, voters must be registered 21 days ahead of time.

At the time of registration, applicants have the option to declare a party affiliation. However, if they choose not to during registration, voting in a primary election will automatically declare a voter’s party affiliation as mandated by New Jersey state law.

Once the form is filled out, it is mailed out by Mrs. Funaro or Mrs. Hensley. Online applications will be submitted automatically. If the registration process is successful, the applicant will be notified by the County Commissioner of Registration. If the process is not successful, the applicant will be notified of the errors that need to be corrected in order to be registered.

Once registered, voters can vote in any New Jersey election as well as the upcoming general election in November.


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Register. It’s Easier than You Think