First-Time Registrants By Mail Identification Requirements
- If you registered to vote by mail in this county after january 1,
2003, and never voted in a federal election in the county you were required
to provide identification.
If you have not provided the identification or the identification could
not be verified.
You may be required to show the board workers identification today.
- An identifying document may include, but not limited to:
Any valid and current photo id, driver's license, u.s. passport, student
or job id, store membership card, military or other government id,
paycheck, utility bill, rent receipt, bank statement, a government document
with your name and address.
If you do not show the board workers any identification you cannot vote in the voting machine. You must vote with provisional paper ballot.
- VOTING IN THE VOTING MACHINE
If your complete voter registration information is in the poll book
you can vote in the voting machine.
- ASSISTANCE IN THE VOTING MACHINE
If you are blind, physically disabled or cannot read the ballot on the
machine, you will be allowed to have someone of your choice in the voting
machine to assist you. BUT under federal law, you cannot get assistance
from a representative of your employer or union for federal elections.
If you are alone and are entitled to assistance, two board members of
opposite political parties may help you. You have the right to have both
workers assist you or one worker. It Is Your Choice.
The district board workers must first fill out a disability certificate
for you before you go into the voting machine.
- CHALLENGE PROCESS
If your right to vote is challenged, the board workers may ask you for
identification and you must sign an affidavit. The challenger must also
put the challenge in writing and sign the affidavit.
If the board workers reject the challenge or there is a tie vote on
the challenge, you have the right to vote in the voting machine.
If the board accepts the challenge, you may not vote but you have the
right to go to a Superior Court Judge to get a court order to vote. The
board workers must tell you where to go to see the Judge.
- STANDING IN LINE TO VOTE
If you are in line to vote after the polls have closed - You must be allowed to vote. The Board workers cannot turn you away.
- EXIT POLLING - IT'S LEGAL
You may be asked by a member of the press about your voting when you
are leaving the polling place. You do not have to answer any questions.
It Is Your Choice.
- ELECTION OFFENSES
Electioneering - It is a crime under state law to electioneer within
100 feet from the outside entrance to the polling place up to and including
the polling room.
There can be no campaign signs or material in this area and no one can
campaign on behalf of a political party of any candidate or public question
to be voted upon.
Fraudulent - It is a crime under federal and state law to attempt to
vote or vote knowing you are not entitled to vote or to provide false
information when registering to vote or voting.
You are not permitted to vote more than once in an election.
Conspiracy - It is a crime to conspire to deprive voters of a fair election.
There are complaint forms available in the polling place if you have
any problems. You may obtain one from the district board of elections.
Call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837) for further assistance or inquires.
Provisional Ballot Voting
You Must Vote by Provisional Ballot if:
- You are a registered voter in the county who moved and did not notify
the county commissioner of registration before election day of your current
address. Therefore, your registration information is not in the poll book;
- Your registration information is not complete in the poll book. For
example, your signature or address is missing,
- You are a first-registrant by mail after January 1, 2003 who has not
provided required identification information.
HOW TO VOTE BY PROVISIONAL BALLOT:
- The board worker will give you a paper ballot and an envelope.
- To vote the ballot. The board worker must provide you with a place
to vote in private.
- Place the voted ballot in the envelope and seal it.
- Complete the "Affirmation Statement" that is attached to
- Give the envelope to the board worker.
- Watch the board member put the envelope in the orange provisional
ballot nylon bag.
No provisional ballot is counted at the polling place. All these ballots
are taken to the county commissioner of registration's office after the
closing of the polls for verification and counting by the county board
After the election, you can call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837) to find
out if your ballot was counted. If you ballot was not counted, you can
find out why it was rejected.
Challenger Rights and Limits
- Challenge a voter if the challenger believes the voter is not qualified
In order to vote a person must be:
a United States citizen
18 years of age or older
a resident of the county for at least 30 days before the election
registered to vote.
A person on probation or parole for a felony conviction can not vote.
Challenger Must Sign an Affidavit Stating the Reason for the Challenge
Challengers Can Not:
- Challenge a voter for any of the following reasons:
A. They think they know how the voter is going to vote.
B. The race or ethnic origin of the voter.
C. The actual residence of the voter.
Challengers Also Can Not:
- Sit with the district board workers or touch the election materials.
- Go to the voting machine during the voting hours.
- Challenge the voter directly. Only the district board can ask the voter
- Wear any campaign buttons, signs or wear any campaign clothing in the
polling room or within 100 feet from the outside entrance of the polling
- Harass or intimidate any voters; or cause any disturbance in the polling
- Use the challenge process for any voter who is required by the district
board of election to affirm his or her residence or show identification
as a first-time registrant by mail.
If any challenger bothers you please tell a district board worker immediately.
You may also contact the county board of elections office at: (609) 343-2243