Voter Registration Information
A primary election in New Jersey will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Federal law mandates that all colleges and universities in the country make voter registration forms available to all students attending their institutions who are eligible to vote.
Princeton University is committed to supporting this process and helping its students engage in this vital civic duty.
Students currently registered to vote in New Jersey, but who are out of the state temporarily, must fill out a vote-by-mail (VBM) ballot to have their ballot mailed to their current address in order to vote in the June primary.
Students who wish to register to vote in New Jersey can refer to the NJ Department of State Voter information portal for registration information. Students who are not from New Jersey and who opt to register to vote in their home state can find information about registering to vote, deadlines, and how to request a VBM (if available) at www.vote411.org.
Voter Registration Eligibility Requirements
To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be:
- a United States citizen,
- 18 years of age by the next election,
- a resident of the State and county 30 days before the election,
- NOT currently serving a sentence of incarceration as a result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state in the United States.
Guidance on How to Register
If you wish to register to vote from your Princeton address, you must complete a NJ Voter Registration Form (PDF) if you have never registered to vote in New Jersey. Also, use this form to file a change of address if you previously registered to vote in Princeton and have changed your address since registering.
The form has two pages: Print it, fill it out, and send it to the address on the form.
- Print it as a two-sided document or print the two pages and then follow the instructions for mailing.
- Registration forms must be postmarked by May 17 (21 days before the election).
- NOTE: On line 6 of the form, it will ask for your "county". You reside in Mercer County.
Another option is New Jersey's online voter registration system where qualified New Jersey residents are able to register to vote. You will need your date of birth and one of the following forms of identification: a current and valid Driver's License or a non-driver identification card (ID card) issued by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) OR a Social Security Number.
Guidance on How to Vote
- Vote by Mail: You must be a registered voter in order to apply for a VBM ballot. A voter may apply for a VBM ballot by mail up to seven days prior to the election, or a voter may apply in person to the County Clerk until 3 PM the day before the election. Once you apply for a VBM ballot, you will not be permitted to vote by machine at your polling place in the same election.
There are three options for returning a VBM ballot:
- Mail: It must be postmarked on or before 8:00 PM on Election Day (June 7) and be received by your county's Board of Elections on or before six days after Election Day.
- Secure Ballot Drop Box: Place the ballot in one of your county's secure ballot drop boxes by 8:00 PM on Election Day (June 7). There is a secure ballot drop box located at 400 Witherspoon Street and another at the Dinky Station.
- Board of Elections Office: Deliver it in person to the County Board of Elections Office by 8:00 PM on Election Day (June 7).
Refer to the Vote-By-Mail page on the NJ Voter Information Portal for more information.
- In-person early voting: All registered voters are able to cast their ballot in-person, using a voting machine, during the in-person early voting period prior to Election Day. For the primary election, that period will run from June 3 to June 5, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sunday. The list of in-person early voting locations in Princeton will be posted on the In-Person Early Voting page on the NJ Voter Information Portal in mid-May.
- At your polling place on Election Day: Residents of the Princeton University campus can find the location of their voting districts and polling stations for the elections through an online map. The map shows the voting districts, as well as the location of the polling stations in each. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Registered voters in New Jersey will receive a sample ballot about 1 week before the election that will indicate where your polling place is located, or you can use the state's polling place locator.
Questions and Further Information
If you have any questions about registering to vote or voting in an upcoming election in New Jersey, go to the online voter registration information portal at NJ Division of Election, or e-mail Melissa Mercuro in the Office of Community and Regional Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.